Just the opposite...with USC not going to a bowl game they had to solidify their coaching staff for the current recruiting class, at least their is no doubt and USC can get an early start to sign any potential kids now instead of waiting till Feb...Sarkesian was a VERY good recruiter for Pete Carroll, he knows how to recruit for USC
Random Fast Fact;
Alabama has not defeated an opponent that finished ranked in the Top 10
in the BCS era.
You must venture back to 1999 for the last time Alabama beat a team in November that finished the season ranked. That 1999 win came against 10-2 Mississippi State, a team that scraped by several unranked opponents and did not beat a ranked team.
USC might be the easiest place in the country to recruit for. Kind of shows what a jerk Kiffin was that they continually underachieved. I think Ed O is a good guy, and a good coach, but unfortunately his Ole Miss past, and being too much of a regular guy probably don't make it a good fit at USC. I think he's proved that he deserves another shot somewhere.
And Kiffin was still touted as an excellent recruiter. They did pretty well with Ed O! And didn't they start a year as #1 with the Heisman front runner at QB, and end up in the toilet? Surely you can't attribute that to a recruiting ban. Kiffin was a phony. Can you think of another coach who was given so much without ever really proving himself? Wasn't he publicly called a liar when he got booted from Oakland?
Al Davis was not very conservative, and known for taking chances (risks). Can understand his experiment, but even through all of that organizations dysfunction, they saw through the facade.
I would be more inclined to look at Kiffin's overall record when his dad was not around to bail him out & it's not good. I would be surprised if he is again a HC at any major. What his loss of scholarships did was eliminate the younger backups that USC has had who could have started at most schools. They won a lot of games because of that depth.
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