the Kif­fin ef­fect

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - — John Ma­her

Ore­gon’s sea­son, and the na­tional ti­tle hopes of the Pac-10, might hinge on a pair of games, one against a team that Lane Kif­fin left, the other against the school Kif­fin now coaches.

Ore­gon’s sec­ond game of the sea­son, at Ten­nessee, is in­trigu­ing for sev­eral rea­sons. It’s one of a dwin­dling num­ber of in­ter-con­fer­ence games be­tween BCS schools, a chance to see how the Pac-10 fa­vorite can do against a tra­di­tional SEC power. How good will Ten­nessee be this year af­ter Kif­fin’s sud­den de­par­ture? The same could be said of Kif­fin’s new school, South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, which has been stung by NCAA sanc­tions. Just how fast will the USC dy­nasty crum­ble?

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