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I know of the perfect candidate to fill your head coaching vacancy. His name? Lane Kiffin. Now you may be asking yourself, "What are his qualifications to lead our football team into the future?" Good question. Or perhaps, "What has he achieved in his previous head coaching tenures?" Another good question. My only counter is how can you argue with his resume, and the abundance of people willing to hire this seemingly unqualified interloper?
Consider that Al Davis made him one of only 32 head coaches in the National Football League, despite his complete lack of head coaching experience on any level. Did the 5-15 record he posted while with the Raiders deter University of Tennessee Athletic Director Mike Hamilton from hiring him to lead Tennessee's football program? And did his 7-6 record at Tennessee prevent him from being hired by the University of Southern California to take over the reins from Pete Carrol, one of the most successful coaches in FBS history, and shepherd it's venerable football program? The answer to these questions is no. Surely all of these decision makers -- yes, even Al Davis -- knew something you, and even I, did not.
I caution you not to read too deeply into Coach Kiffin's 7-6 record with USC in 2012. Do not let any reflexive judgements of failure and disappointment cloud your perspective. Any intuitive aspersions of mediocrity should not dissuade you from the apparent consensus that Lane Kiffin is an excellent football coach. The sagacious "football minds" before you who saw fit to employ, promote, and otherwise entrust Lane Kiffin with the responsibility of leading an organization to excellence, both on and off the field, should prove indicative of his astute ability to coach your football team.
It would be with a heavy heart that I would have to say goodbye to Coach Kiffin, but a man with such a promising and boundless future ahead of him deserves the opportunity to showcase his talents on the highest level possible. I have no doubt the man you need to build the foundation of your organization around, whereupon it may become the epitome of success for years to come, is not hard to find. Look no further than Lane Kiffin.