USC can learn from Kiffin experience

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 be a place for only 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.

Much of the early speculation has centered on Jack Del Rio, currently the defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos. Del Rio is a former Trojans star with deep USC roots, a ruggedly handsome guy who would look great in front of the TV cameras.

But Del Rio had limited success in his lone head-coaching attempt at Jacksonville and has no coaching or recruiting experience at the collegiate level. This is not to say he couldn’t get the job done. Maybe he could. But again, you’d be rolling the dice.