On Saturday morning, Lane Kiffin appeared in public for the first time since being fired by the Southern Cal Trojans two weeks ago.
Kiffin appeared on a segment on ESPN’s College Gameday with reporter Tom Rinaldi and analyst David Pollack. In the segment, the trio discussed the matchup between the Oregon Ducks and Washington Huskies. Kiffin is very familiar with both teams, having coached in the same conference (Kifffin was one of two coaches to defeat the Ducks in 2011 and was co-offensive coordinator with current Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian at USC under Pete Carroll), the Pac-12, over the last few seasons).
Kiffin also prerecorded an interview with College Gameday host Chris Fowler.
In the interview, Kiffin came off as humble and admitted to making mistakes while coaching the Trojans.
Not exactly the Kiffin we remember.
“Different things that I’ve done that I wouldn’t do again have followed me,” Kiffin said via College Football Talk “I’ve made a bunch of (mistakes). … It fell apart there toward the end and obviously I’m to blame as the head coach.”
Kiffin went on to say that it was “hard” watching the Trojans play for the first time since Kiffin was fired. The Trojans defeated the Arizona Wildcats 38-31 on Thursday night.
All in all, it was a step in the right direction for the much maligned former coach.