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07:24 AM ET 09.05 | Lane Kiffin knows the question is coming, and he's just not yet ready to answer. That Cody Kessler and Max Wittek will likely go through the same first-half/second-half routine against Washington State after months of evaluation speaks to the divide between loyal followers and their head coach. No longer is there a Wittek camp vs. a Kessler camp. There is simply a pick-a-starter-already-camp vs. Kiffin. But he's not going to rush it. So expect both to play. ... USC athletic director Pat Haden has shown unwavering support for his coach, though it's widely believed that Kiffin has the hottest seat in the country and this is a make-or-break season. Finding the guy to replace Matt Barkley is a big decision -- one that could determine his future at USC.

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September 5, 2013  07:56 AM ET

This is junk journalism 101. In sports journalism two things are guaranteed to garner attention when you have nothing else to report:
1. A quarterback controversy
2. A "coach on the hot seat" story

USC just needs to win a couple of games and the media will find another controversy somewhere else.

September 5, 2013  07:59 AM ET

Don't know about the hottest seat in the nation but it is getting warm.

September 5, 2013  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This is junk journalism 101. In sports journalism two things are guaranteed to garner attention when you have nothing else to report:1. A quarterback controversy2. A "coach on the hot seat" storyUSC just needs to win a couple of games and the media will find another controversy somewhere else.

Anybody seen a firelanekiffin.com website yet? Until that happens, he's probably safe.


Sincerely yours,
Ron Zook

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September 5, 2013  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

CMR.

Yes ... when USC wins a few more games the CMR hotseat stories will re-surface. Journalists already have the boiler plates prepared.

September 5, 2013  08:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

CMR.

Or ... if CMR loses to South Clowneyina this week I expect the hotseat stories to re-surface.

September 5, 2013  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Or ... if CMR loses to South Clowneyina this week I expect the hotseat stories to re-surface.

This.


UGaly at 0-2 automatically sets the AJC into hotseat-for-CMR mode, and incites serious grumbling in Dawg Nation.

September 5, 2013  08:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

This.UGaly at 0-2 automatically sets the AJC into hotseat-for-CMR mode, and incites serious grumbling in Dawg Nation.

Of course you know I'm rooting for UGA this week.

September 5, 2013  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Of course you know I'm rooting for UGA this week.

I picked UGAly Dawgs to win this week. Doesn't mean I want 'em to.

............ Doc says I really need to let go of that issue. I'm targeting the end of this year to get over it. 30 years is prob'ly long enough to carry a grudge.

September 5, 2013  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

........... Doc says I really need to let go of that issue. I'm targeting the end of this year to get over it. 30 years is prob'ly long enough to carry a grudge.

LOL when Fred Akers' Longhorns lost to UGA in the Cotton Bowl I called the Dallas Morning News and went off ... demanding that Akers be fired! At that time DMN had a call-in line where you could leave voice comments and they would print the best ones in Sunday's edition. My rant never made it to print.

September 5, 2013  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

This.UGaly at 0-2 automatically sets the AJC into hotseat-for-CMR mode, and incites serious grumbling in Dawg Nation.

no worries, UGa wins the sec

September 5, 2013  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I picked UGAly Dawgs to win this week. Doesn't mean I want 'em to............. Doc says I really need to let go of that issue. I'm targeting the end of this year to get over it. 30 years is prob'ly long enough to carry a grudge.

UGa and UTx in Pasedena, rematch

September 5, 2013  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Of course you know I'm rooting for UGA this week.

I went with SCar in Armpit's pick'em, thinking SOS will find a way to whip them Hairy Dawgs. Tough decision, this one.

September 5, 2013  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

no worries, UGa wins the sec

May your ex guess the right login and password combo to your secret bank account.


;-)

September 5, 2013  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

May your ex guess the right login and password combo to your secret bank account.;-)

I'll get it all back if UF loses to Uga

September 5, 2013  10:00 AM ET

Hey, where's Tinny?

I need to get his input before BP shows up in Knoxville this weekend for his job interview......

September 5, 2013  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Hey, where's Tinny?I need to get his input before BP shows up in Knoxville this weekend for his job interview......

Touring Iowa on a bike....


....or jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.

September 5, 2013  10:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Hey, where's Tinny?I need to get his input before BP shows up in Knoxville this weekend for his job interview......

I see your vow of "not beating up on the *challenged* kids" didn't last long.

;-)

September 5, 2013  10:40 AM ET

Either Red-Shirt Max Browne or play the kid now!!! Simple as that!!!

 
September 5, 2013  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Of course you know I'm rooting for UGA this week.

Dr. Yeah I'm rooting for Georgia this week too!!! I hate to see the Bulldogs start out 0-2!!!

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