Lane Kiffin’s contract: $4 million (what’s the punchline?)

Lane Kiffin: "Hello, world: I make 'this' much." (AP photo)

Lane Kiffin: "Hello, world: I make 'this' much." (AP photo)

It wasn’t long in the South before we all came to ask the same question: What’s Lane Kiffin smoking?

Now there’s a better question: What are all the guys who are HIRING Lane Kiffin smoking?

He was a mid-level assistant at USC. Then Oakland’s Al Davis hired him to be the Raiders’ head coach. (It’s possible Davis actually thought he was hiring Kiffin to mow his lawn because he often gets confused. But we’ll never know).

Kiffin went 4-15 with the Raiders. He parlayed that into a $2.375 million contract at Tennessee.

Then he went 7-6 at Tennessee. He parlayed that into (ready for this?) a $4 million per year salary at USC.

For the record, Trojans athletic director Mike Garrett holds an undergrad degree in sociology, not economics.

Word of Kiffin’s $4 million salary apparently is included in an HBO “Real Sports” story on the coach, according to the Orange County (California) Register. That is almost as high the $4.4 million earned by Pete Carroll, who actually won something (one outright national title, one shared, seven Pacific 10 titles in eight years).

As far as I can tell, these are the coaches in Kiffin’s salary neighborhood:

1. Mack Brown, Texas: $5.1 million.

2. Les Miles*, LSU: $4.1 million. (Reportedly has clause in contract that automatically pays him $1,000 more than the next highest-paid coach in SEC.)

3. Nick Saban, Alabama: $4.1 million.

4. Urban Meyer, Florida: $4 million.

5. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma: $3.925.

6. Jim Tressel, Ohio State: $3.5 million.

What do all six of those coaches have in common?

They’ve won national championships.

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132 comments Add your comment

JSS

May 17th, 2010
2:19 pm

SC never has to answer to anyone but the trustees and George Lucus now that old man Galen is dead… This is a non story… Fight on!

Crack Head

May 17th, 2010
2:23 pm

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

DEM BISCUITS BE SHOOTING LEAVES AT ALL DEM BLIMPS!!!!

YEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

Barnacle Bill Bavasi

May 17th, 2010
2:27 pm

All that and a hotter-than-smokin’ wife. Wonder if I could get him to pick me up a lottery ticket at the am/pm?

The D

May 17th, 2010
2:27 pm

they just want his daddy to be there, that is why these schools keep hiring him, oh and his wife is smoking hot! Kiffin is a dooche

Ace

May 17th, 2010
2:29 pm

Kiffen owns the Dawgs.

Herschel Talker

May 17th, 2010
2:29 pm

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FIRE BOOBY COX!

Jamaaliver

May 17th, 2010
2:29 pm

It is mind boggling to say the least. How a guy can accomplish nothing, burn every bridge along his path, and still be rewarded time and again for a lack of success and morals.

I think I’m in the wrong business.

MightyQuinn

May 17th, 2010
2:30 pm

My guess is they are being blinded/beguiled by looking at his wife and not the salary he wrote into the contracts.

NavySealDawg

May 17th, 2010
2:31 pm

If found guilty, by the NCAA how long will it be before he takes the job at Arizona St.

NavySealDawg

May 17th, 2010
2:32 pm

Hey ACE of nothing, how do you say lane owns the dogs, they just played one time

Vick=Dog killing thug

May 17th, 2010
2:36 pm

It is easy to laugh at lame Kitten but I do remember he took Mark Richt to the 50yard line made him drop his pants and spanked his butt cherry red. That was a very painful day.

JB

May 17th, 2010
2:36 pm

4 mil in LA is chump change. Keep mind a 2,000 sq ft house in a decent neighborhood out there is like 750,000 to a million. Money out there is way different. He could probably live better in Knoxville on 2.3 mil vs 4 mil in LA………..I think they hired him because the hammer is coming down on that program……or should be is what I meant to say. No big time coach with a good rep was going to touch that job, much like the 3 or 4 guys who turned down the Tennessee job because that cupboard was left bare !!!!!!

Lane Kiffin

May 17th, 2010
2:37 pm

NavySealDawg

May 17th, 2010
2:38 pm

Vick Mutt, have you been in Barry Manilow underware drawer again

Dot Dot Dash

May 17th, 2010
2:41 pm

The Sarah Palin of college football. Have we gone cookoo??

JB

May 17th, 2010
2:44 pm

Dawgs get blown out 3 or 4 times this year, Muschamp won’t have to wait for Brown to retire, He’ll be in Athens with a 4.5 mil per, 6 year deal. Adams or Evans won’t do it, but the money folks are tired of lackluster appearances and may have something to say about it…..I hope it’s a moot point and we win big. Note: there are 3 or 4 coach’s on that Texas staff with UGA ties, just say’in. …..although we ain’t Texas………

Dot Dot Dash

May 17th, 2010
2:44 pm

NavySealDawg…if he goes to Arizona State he’ll make 5 mil a year plus all the Mexicans he can apprehend.

NavySealDawg

May 17th, 2010
2:51 pm

Dot Dot Dash you are my hero ,lol

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

May 17th, 2010
2:55 pm

does that equate to the highest paid moron in CFB?? Maybe it’s padding for all the NCAA sanctions he’ll have to pay to UT??

Chuy Dawg

May 17th, 2010
2:57 pm

So in your mind, the only illegals are Mexicans. There’s probably something else as to why you don’t like Mexicans, but we’ll leave that for another day.

Love him or hate him, you gotta give it up to Kiffen. He is by far the biggest con in the game of football. Kirby Smart has more credentials but yet Kiffen gets that insane salary. Unbelievable, only in America.

Reid Adair

May 17th, 2010
3:03 pm

I was shocked when Mike Garrett made the decision to hire Lane Kiffin. After making that choice, is it really surprising that Garrett is paying Kiffin $4 million?

Lowcountry Bulldawg

May 17th, 2010
3:03 pm

If USC was his dream job then they did over pay for what he has produced as a HC. The young man received a 41% pay increase for litterally doing nothing to earn it. You have to take your hat of for leveraging his current job at UT and his staff to secure the job, but really did USC have to go that high for him?

P-Dub

May 17th, 2010
3:05 pm

He’s a piece of crap! Forget about LAME KITTEN, must be a slow day when he is a topic

doggoneit

May 17th, 2010
3:15 pm

Its all about recruiting and image. can he recruit and can he hire the right staff to run his team. Kids will congregate to him because he will sell the NFL…. I think lane is an idiot but bottom line is can he recruit.

Evansdawg

May 17th, 2010
3:17 pm

My dad always told me “a fool and his money will soon part.” USC is the fool. Kiffin will destroy that place. He’s an ego-maniac obsessed with himself, and saves nothing for others. He is a taker, not a giver. He is not a good role model to college kids. As a UGA fan, I have to admit that I wince for my rivals at Tennessee. I wouldn’t wish a Kiffin on the Gators. I’m glad he’s out of the SEC. Good riddance, and I look forward to witnessing your embarrassing fall from grace at USC. ‘If You See Kay….OFF.’

Billy Bob

May 17th, 2010
3:20 pm

He definitely fits in better on the left coast. I think it’s in the eye’s. Your getting sleepy, but your going to pay me 4 mil before you can fall asleep.

PMC

May 17th, 2010
3:22 pm

4 words Lack of Insitutional Control

Honestly though, he does a pretty fantastic job of selling himself.

PMC

May 17th, 2010
3:24 pm

It’s the going rate for that job. Pete Carroll left, he got a year audition at USC… thems the breaks.

hankgaguy

May 17th, 2010
3:24 pm

I hope he puts a lot of that money away, as he’ll need it once they find out the “true” Kiffin. Unless of course he runs somewhere else for a more money or listening to the hens cackling in the background.

Raymond Crabtree

May 17th, 2010
3:25 pm

I think it’s time to forget about him. He does have a doll for a wife, but she’s gone also.

The Cynical White Boy

May 17th, 2010
3:27 pm

4 mil for basically being the son of Monte?

Dang. Sure is nice to be the son of the King.

PMC

May 17th, 2010
3:27 pm

That Les Miles is paid more than Meyer and Saban is a really bad job by the new LSU AD. They can do better than him for far less money.

Alphare

May 17th, 2010
3:29 pm

This just shows you if you have a famous dad, anything is possible.

Bush/Kiffin/Dooley/Shula all come to mind.

John Smith

May 17th, 2010
3:31 pm

I’m sure he’ll do a great job. Kiffin is largely misunderstood. He’s a much better fit in the Pac 10.

Asheville Dawg

May 17th, 2010
3:32 pm

Smokin’ hot wife, bring along Dad as DC, what’s he got to worry about? How many years did Garrett give him on the contract?

Does it matter?

First one to probation………… well you know……….I’m just saying……….

ArtyDodger

May 17th, 2010
3:41 pm

Wonder how much Daddy Kiffin gets if Diaper Rash Lane is making 4 Mil

Tucker T

May 17th, 2010
3:44 pm

Kiffin is the biggest Huckster in the history of coaching. It’s insane that he is being paid that kind of money after having won nothing and establishing no track record. Actually, he has established a track record. A record of bending and breaking NCAA rules and acting in a less than respectable manner. All fans of SEC schools should get down on their knees and thank the Lord above that he left Tennessee. One day people will figure out that he has zero talent as a coach but he will have laughed all the way to the bank by then.

Bobby Cox

May 17th, 2010
3:44 pm

He’s a good kid

Lance

May 17th, 2010
3:47 pm

Who cares. His wife is HOT!!

Lay off Kiffin

May 17th, 2010
3:51 pm

You guys are unbelievable. Lane came to the SEC and set it on fire with a close game against Alabama and a dominant win over the puppies. He brought a spark and national flair to a league dominated by hicks. Lane tried to handle his exit in a professional manner and the idiots at UT blew it up into a mess. Integrity and class, that is what USC got.

SNM

May 17th, 2010
3:51 pm

Kiffin is not even in the same league as these coaches……he is a MORON AND A QUITTER….he doesn’t even deserve 10k a year…..he’s an idiot….need I say more!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous

May 17th, 2010
3:52 pm

Lame Kitten’s a tool!
USC(west) is about to be clobbered by the NCAA and it couldn’t come at a better time!
Why else would Pete carroll run like a scalded dawg back to the NFL?
No post season games = loss of scholarships and, if we’re lucky (and the NCAA has some stones), vacated/astersisked National Championship!

UA Grad

May 17th, 2010
3:52 pm

Well, he almost coached his team to upset the National Champions.Almost is the key word. Also, he’s not as fat and underhanded as Fulmer! He’ll go with 6, 7 maybe 8 wins for a few seasons, then they’ll dump him.

Anonymous

May 17th, 2010
3:54 pm

No post season games & loss of scholarships….”

Anonymous

May 17th, 2010
3:55 pm

Oh, and “asterisked”

SOGADOG

May 17th, 2010
3:55 pm

I can’t explain it. Perhaps USC knows the NCAA is preparing to drop the hammer on their football program and they can’t find any other decent coaches who are dumb enough to take the job.

Eddie Merckx

May 17th, 2010
3:55 pm

Lane Kiffin gives idiot’s like me hope. No matter how many times I f-up, shoot myself in the foot and make people hate me I COULD still be rich and successful.

VOL FAN

May 17th, 2010
3:56 pm

We are just glad that he is at USC!!!

T. McGee

May 17th, 2010
3:56 pm

Kiffin is the college football equivalent of a Wall Street CEO. Lose and still get paid.

Lay off Kiffin

May 17th, 2010
3:57 pm

Anonymous,

I don’t know where you get your info but Pete left because they told him that they were going to bring in Lane to put a stop to the underachieving. He will have them in the national championship picture within 2 years.