Al Davis is tough to work for, he knew that going in. He was very difficult with AD, fair or unfair -- AD ran things in that organization --- so of course, he's going to get the boot. It was a bad fit and Davis made a bad choice hiring him there, only having been a coordinator at the college level previously.
The Tennessee thing was a nightmare PR-wise. He was only there for a single year and they had an average season. How can you ask a kid to commit, when you bail after a single season?
USC might be a top 5 school, but what's Tennessee?(not now but at the time he was hired). I believe Lane Kiffin called it either a top-10 or top-15 program.
You wouldn't have been incensced if the coach of your school left after a single average year? Bob Huggins saw the same hate and he left to go to his alma matter.
Of course I'd be pissed as a Vols fan. Kiffin set the back 3-4 years by leaving, but that was only because he had them going upwards so quickly after he got there with his recruiting class.
I'm saying from his point of view, he didn't do anything wrong. He wasn't awful in Oakland considering their team, and he ran into the most difficult owner in sports - BY FAR.
He was doing amazing things at UT, but got his dream job offer. It's not just that USC is a top 5 school, but it's a top 5 school that he worked for and won championships with. It was a perfect storm.
If I was the next Joe Torre, I might get hired by the Cubs and win 94 games my first year, but if the Orioles come calling and they offer me more money to come manage my hometown team, I'd be gone from Chicago in a heartbeat.
It's different with a guy like Urban Meyer because he clearly squirmed his way out of Florida on to bigger and better things, but with Lane, he just followed his heart IMO.
Even Monte has said the same thing about how they expected to be in Tennessee for a while but it was too good to pass up.
If Kiffin would have went 2-10 the past 2 years at UT, he would have gotten the ax. There's no loyalty on either side so I don't see what was wrong with what he did at all.