The University of Houston is expected to name a new football coach as soon as today. As we first mentioned on the Blitz yesterday, it appears Lane Kiffin will get the job.
Of course, other sources at UH are denying a decision has been made, so there’s that. Stay tuned and we will keep you updated on how it plays out.
Regardless, Kiffin, the offensive coordinator for Alabama, has had limited success as a head coach with the Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Volunteers and USC Trojans. He was likely in over his head in all three instances. After three years under Nick Saban, he has worn out his welcome there, too, and would have been moving on whether he got this job or not.
It is odd for a school that was so burned by Tom Herman leaving after two years to hire a man who left Tennessee after one.
You could make the argument he was too young for the Raiders job, and USC was hindered by sanctions, and that he has learned from three years under Saban. Fair points all.
But if you are looking for a longterm answer at UH — a guy who will stay — Kiffin is not it. If he matches Herman’s success, he will be on to the next big job as soon as possible. If he puts up a steady diet of 8-4 seasons, he will likely wear out his welcome anyway.
It’s a big name for the Cougars, but the jury is still out on whether or not it is a good hire. Kiffin inherits the most talented roster in the American Conference, thanks to the recruiting efforts of Tony Levine and Herman. (Including the incomparable Ed Oliver, who was named an All-American yesterday). He also will have money to hire the best possible assistants. He will have no excuses for mediocrity this time around. Is he the right man for the job? It’s easy to be skeptical, but time will tell. Not crazy about the hire, but I have been wrong before. Specifically…
Rockets keep on rolling: James Harden had another solid game, and Eric Gordon went nuts off the bench as the Rockets thumped the Lakers 134-95. It’s early, but the Rockets are 15-7, a half-game behind the Clippers for the No. 3 spot in the Western Conference. So far, the Mike D’Antoni hire is working out very well. This team is fun to watch, and you have to think they will get better as the season goes on and they have more time in a new system and all the new players get more accustomed to each other. I wasn’t crazy about the D’Antoni hire, but so far so good, and if you want me to be wrong about Kiffin, well…looks like I was wrong here. So there’s that.
Ouch: Brian Cushing has played OK this season, but might never be the playmaker he once was. Still gotta give him credit for being tough. He has been playing with two broken bones in his back.
This is why you don’t have roommates: If you share a place with another couple, bad things are going to happen. This dude is using a girl’s toothbrush in a very disgusting manner. If you are weird enough that your house mates are using hidden cameras…
And finally…Scared of spiders? After seeing this guy, you should be…He’s venomous. And he ate a lizard.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
(In honor of Lane Kiffin?)
Your reputation FAR exceeds your skills, mammy rammer!
— Treat Williams as Critical Bill in Things to do in Denver When You’re Dead