Former N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien, left, and current USC Coach Lane… (Streeter Lecka, Harry How…)
But the Trojans stumbled to a 7-5 record that included losses to hated rivals UCLA and Notre Dame, and Barkley isn't even in the Heisman discussion.
Still, Kiffin is 25-12 in his three seasons as head coach and had to navigate the team through some pretty rough waters during the first two. And, unlike O'Brien, he does have the support of his athletic director.
“Lane is my head coach, 150 percent, now and hopefully for a long time,” Athletic Director Pat Haden told The Times' Bill Plaschke soon after the loss to UCLA. “I see the future. I see the potential. I know what he's been fighting through and I like what he's done.”
So as Wolfpack fans have a coaching search to look forward to, Trojans fans apparently have many more years with Kiffin to come. Which group do you think is better off?