If nothing else, the ugly aftermath of the Lane Kiffin era is clear.
USC should never be a proving ground for head coaches. It should only be a place for a head coach who already has demonstrated the ability to win at this level.
That should be athletic director Pat Haden’s mantra as he begins the coaching search that will dictate the Trojans’ football future.
Get a proven guy. Don’t gamble with someone who looks the part. Go with someone who already knows the part.