New coach Lane Kiffin certainly stirred things up in his one season at Tennessee, riling fans of many SEC schools with his penchant to say, well, just about anything.
His return to USC, where he was an assistant from 2001-06, hasn’t exactly been calm, although not necessarily because of Kiffin exercising his First Amendment rights.
First, there’s that whole pesky NCAA probation thing (see below). Then USC’s — and arguably the nation’s — top recruit, offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson, requested and received his release. Then USC apologized to Florida (one of Kiffin’s favorite targets during his stop at Tennessee), Oregon, Alabama, Fresno State and Washington for saying they illegally tried to recruit Trojans freshman running back Dillon Baxter after the probation announcement.