Norm Chow Won't Be Joining The Lane Kiffin Reunion Tour At USC

Lane Kiffin is leaving after just one season at Tennessee to return to USC, where he will be the new head coach, replacing Pete Carroll. Joining him will be assistants Ed Orgeron and Monte Kiffin.

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USC Introduces Lane Kiffin As New Head Coach

Southern California introduced Lane Kiffin as their new head coach Wednesday night. Kiffin naturally called USC a "perfect fit." The entire press conference had an odd feel to it ... delusional? Slimy? Disingenuous? I'm not sure what the correct adjective is, but whatever it is, it isn't positive. 

He arrived late to his first news conference after being stuck in traffic.

Kiffin worked as an assistant under Pete Carroll, the coach he replaces at USC, working his way up to offensive coordinator in 2005. [...]

Kiffin says his first priority is to run a clean and disciplined program.

At one point, T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times began grilling Kiffin, prompting this response from the new SC head coach: "I don't know that you don't know that we know what we know now to be inaccurate."

Eventually, USC AD Mike Garrett was forced to interrupt the questioning, "and told USC SID Tim Tessalone to move the press conference along." 

Expect plenty more reaction at SB Nation's Conquest Chronicles


Norm Chow To USC Not A Done Deal

Not so fast on all that Norm Chow to USC talk. 

ESPN's Shelley Smith went on ESPNews earlier Tuesday night and said that Chow was joining Lane Kiffin in USC as the team's offensive coordinator. However, the guys over at our UCLA blog, Bruins Nation, who are absolutely all over this, by the way, are reporting that Chow is still under contract through "next season at least." That obviously would make things more difficult (but not impossible; see: Kiffin, Lane). 

Their most recent update is an e-mail from UCLA's Sports Information Director, who reportedly said, "As far as we know, it is an incorrect report."

The LA Times reports that the two sides are talking, but so far, "no deal has been reached." Apparently it would take "NFL-type money" to get him to return to USC, which I guess is more than the $690,000 he was set to make at UCLA next season, including a $250,000 bonus if he was their offensive coordinator on April 1. 

UPDATE: SB Nation's Bruins Nation reports that Chow is staying at UCLA ... LA Times is still saying there's no deal ... and the LA Daily News is backtracking on their original report, and now saying that "USC is throwing piles of money at him." Fin.


VIDEO: Lane Kiffin's Brief Statements

Lane Kiffin gave a (very) brief statement tonight, where he spoke for about a minute, and did not take any questions. 

Here is the video, via WVLT in Knoxville

"This was not an easy decision," he said in a brief press conference on Tennessee's campus. "I really believe this is the only place I would have left here to go."


Norm Chow Reportedly Joining Kiffin In USC As Offensive Coordinator

They're getting the band back together. Norm Chow, after two seasons as the offensive coordinator at UCLA, will be joining Lane Kiffin in the same role as the reunion tour pulls into USC. The news was first reported by ESPN's Shelley Smith on ESPNews.

Chow served as the Trojans' OC from 2001-2004, and spent the past two seasons with the crosstown rival Bruins. 

Continue to follow SB Nation's Conquest Chronicles and Rocky Top Talk -- and now Bruins Nation, too -- throughout this story. 

Update: Chow to USC is not a done deal just yet ...


Lane Kiffin Officially Named USC's New Head Coach

From SB Nation's USC blog, Conquest Chronicles (where they are obviously a bit stunned just like the rest of us), comes the official release from Southern California. 

Lane Kiffin, the one-time USC offensive coordinator who then became the head coach of the Oakland Raiders and at Tennessee, has been named the Trojans' head football coach, USC athletic director Mike Garrett announced today.

Joining Kiffin's staff as assistants will be Ed Orgeron and Monte Kiffin. Both were on the Tennessee staff in 2009 with Kiffin.

Orgeron, one of college football's top recruiters and defensive line coaches, previously served seven seasons at USC before becoming Mississippi's head coach and then an assistant with the New Orleans Saints. Monte Kiffin, Lane's father, is a longtime NFL and collegiate coach known for his defensive prowess.

And now what ESPN reported is also confirmed: Ed Orgeron and Monte Kiffin and heading to Troy, too. 

The full releases can be read here, with statements from USC AD Mike Garrett. 

Follow along with SB Nation's Tennessee blog, Rocky Top Talk, and our USC blog, Conquest Chronicles, for plenty more reaction and analysis. 


Report: Lane Kiffin Has Agreed To Become Next Head Coach At USC

Lane Kiffin is going going, back back, to Cali, Cali. According to sources, Kiffin has agreed to become the new head coach at Southern California

ESPN's Joe Schad tweeted the same thing: "USC has hired Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin, sources say."

Kiffin served as a positions coach and offensive coordinator at USC from 2001-2006 before leaving to become the head coach of the Raiders in 2007. He was fired after Week 4 of the 2008 season, and finished with a record of 5-15 in Oakland. Kiffin was the head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers for the 2009 season, and went 7-6. 

Follow along with SB Nation's Tennessee blog, Rocky Top Talk, and our USC blog, Conquest Chronicles, for plenty more reaction and analysis. 


VIDEO: Jack Del Rio Denies Being Offered USC Job

WJXT news in Jacksonville caught up with Jack Del Rio outside of the Jaguars’ facility Tuesday morning and asked him about the report that USC has sent him a contract to be the team’s next head coach. His response, in part:

"All of those things are manufactured," Del Rio said early Tuesday. "The only thing I can tell you is I’ve been busy working on the Jaguars for 2010. We’re busy at work, trying to build this thing strong."

Here’s video of Del Rio addressing the issue with the Channel 4 News Team:

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