Give Kiffin credit where credit is due

For all the criticism the second-year coach has faced, he deserves praise for ND

Updated: October 25, 2011, 11:50 AM ET
By Jeremy Hogue | We Are SC
LOS ANGELES -- After a couple of long years of negative news, Saturday's win in South Bend was a big day for Trojans fans, and it felt long overdue. It also marks the biggest day in Lane Kiffin's coaching career, and in the wake of the victory over Notre Dame, it's time to give him his due credit.

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Matt Cashore/US PresswireDon't be bashful about praising USC coach Lane Kiffin for the Trojans' victory over Notre Dame this past Saturday. He deserves it.
Make no mistake about it, Saturday's win was big for several players, coaches and the team in general; but more than anything, this was Kiffin's win. In his brief stint with the Raiders, then at Tennessee, and now at USC, he hadn't had a win like this. When he did win before, it was because he had recruited well or inherited some good talent. When he lost, it was his fault. Clearly, many people have felt that he has been outcoached. On Saturday, he wasn't.