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THE MORNING CONSTITUTIONAL BURNS THE RULE BOOK

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IT'S WORKED FOR LANE KIFFIN, SO WHY NOT

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Fine, I'll admit it: I am one of the people who said Lane Kiffin wouldn't get another major head coaching job in college after the way things ended at USC. As of today, I am still correct, but that is almost entirely a matter of luck and timing, not foresight, because Lane Kiffin does not operate by our rules. Our rules say that, after being fired in an airport parking lot and then getting the OC job at Alabama, you should stay for at least a couple of years, to bolster your body of work as a coach and get some distance between some of your negative history. Our rules do not recommend possibly leaving after one year for an NFL job, especially when you've already bailed on a team before year two once before. (Our rules might also say that letting your name get associated with an NFL coordinator opening is a bad idea two weeks before Signing Day.)

But our rules have never stopped Lane Kiffin, and why should they? Since finishing his stint as a grad assistant at Colorado State in 1999, Kiffin has worked continuously for either a) an NFL team b) USC or c) an SEC team. It took roughly two months and the revelation of "hey, what if we, Alabama, actually throw the ball to our amazing wide receiver" for most people to hop right on the LANE DONE GOT HIS ACT TOGETHER Express.

Dude's gonna be the head coach at LSU in a year.