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What was Lane Kiffin thinking?

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07:22 AM ET 10.27 | I'll grant you that one USC jersey swap against Colorado at the Coliseum is not as attention-warranting as say, Brandi Chastain taking her shirt off in a football stadium. But I honestly don't know what Lane Kiffin is thinking sometimes. He seems incapable of existing without controversy, a trait that followed him to USC from the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee. Al Davis called him a flat-out liar and Southeastern Conference fans still loathe Kiffin almost as much as they do Neil Young's "Southern Man." At Tennessee, Kiffin suggested he orchestrated stunts to drum up publicity, but he certainly doesn't need to do that in Los Angeles. But swapping jersey numbers, during games, is crossing the line. And to do it against hapless Colorado seems so unnecessary.

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October 27, 2012  08:06 AM ET

Looks like we're the only two up.

October 27, 2012  08:17 AM ET

LK is still maturing; often acts like one of the adolescents he is supposed to be setting an example for.

October 27, 2012  08:23 AM ET
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Looks like we're the only two up.

Nope, I'm stalking you two.

October 27, 2012  08:43 AM ET

Why is this article such a "big" deal??? Actually why did FN even post this article??? It doesn't say Jack <hit!!!!!!! :-)

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October 27, 2012  09:35 AM ET
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Why is this article such a "big" deal??? Actually why did FN even post this article??? It doesn't say Jack <hit!!!!!!! :-)

Sure it does...you just need to take off your homer glasses! ;-)

October 27, 2012  09:46 AM ET
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Sure it does...you just need to take off your homer glasses! ;-)

JM, tell me what "YOU" got out of this article????
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"The only rule, per the NCAA, is that two players with the same number cannot be on the field at the same time. This rule is put into place to avoid the sort of confusion that reigns when two players with the same number step onto the field in a key situation".

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October 27, 2012  10:01 AM ET
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JM, tell me what "YOU" got out of this article????."The only rule, per the NCAA, is that two players with the same number cannot be on the field at the same time. This rule is put into place to avoid the sort of confusion that reigns when two players with the same number step onto the field in a key situation".

Sure it's within the rules to change numbers, but then everything that Calipari and Saban does is also "within the rules". Kiffin is already walking around with a target on his back....why does he insist on adding to it?

October 27, 2012  10:02 AM ET
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Lane wants to win and if cheating helps so be it.

As OT has pointed out, changing numbers is not officially "cheating".

October 27, 2012  10:03 AM ET
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Lane wants to win and if cheating helps so be it. It is better to cheat and win and keep your job than to be honest and lose and get fired. cheating is a way of life and I encourage everyone to cheat.

Again!!!!!!!!!
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"The only rule, per the NCAA, is that two players with the same number cannot be on the field at the same time. This rule is put into place to avoid the sort of confusion that reigns when two players with the same number step onto the field in a key situation".

October 27, 2012  10:05 AM ET
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As OT has pointed out, changing numbers is not officially "cheating".

Absolutely true, but it is a totally classless move considering there was no good reason for it...So not surprising coming from Kiffin.

October 27, 2012  10:07 AM ET
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Kiffin is already walking around with a target on his back....why does he insist on adding to it?

Kiffin does all this <hit just to rile up "ALL" the SEC fans!!!!! LOL. This article is good for all of us to BS about, if it weren't for articles like this, then all of us FN fans would be/get bored!!! :-)

October 27, 2012  10:12 AM ET
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Absolutely true, but it is a totally classless move considering there was no good reason for it...So not surprising coming from Kiffin.

Actually you are right, Kiffin didn't need to do this, but some college coaches have their defensive players fake injuries, against teams that play a "No huddle, hurry up offense". Are you saying that is legal???

October 27, 2012  10:13 AM ET
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Kiffin does all this <hit just to rile up "ALL" the SEC fans!!!!! LOL. This article is good for all of us to BS about, if it weren't for articles like this, then all of us FN fans would be/get bored!!! :-)

I don't actually think this is why he's doing it.
I suspect that it's because his team's depth is so shallow that he's trying to trip up opponents.
I heard on ESPN that he was doing this not to confuse Colorado (the team that USC was playing at the time), but rather, to trip up future opponents watching USC game tape.

October 27, 2012  10:14 AM ET

Looks to me like LK is thinking about next week...and may need to change his diapers!

October 27, 2012  10:15 AM ET

It looks to me like LK is thinking about next week..and needs to change his diaper.

October 27, 2012  10:16 AM ET
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It looks to me like LK is thinking about next week..and needs to change his diaper.

Damn, first double post.

 
October 27, 2012  10:21 AM ET
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Looks to me like LK is thinking about next week...and may need to change his diapers!

Jada, LOL, yeah to be honest with you, I'm worried about the Oregon game!!! I'm going to have my depends right next to me, as I watch the game!!!! :-)

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