Our own rational-as-possible estimation of the Daniel Hood case is up over at TSB. As easy as it would be to knee-jerk carpet bomb Kiffin over this, the transparency involved is noteworthy as being the right way to take on a recruit with a criminal past--one that Kiffin, Hood himself, and the unversity are tackling headlong. (We shouldn't even really know about this in the first place, but lawyer operator error sometimes has horrifying and public consequences. See, um, this whole case.)
Lane Kiffin's still an asshole, but at least he's being forthright and transparent about it. It's ballsy--if Hood behaves, strategy justified. If he doesn't, Tennessee slides back a decade in terms of how their relative level of player discipline is perceived.