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USC shows little fear by hiring Kiffin

Updated: January 13, 2010, 1:41 AM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

If USC is living in fear of the other shoe dropping, it responded by landing the first kick. Hiring Lane Kiffin to replace Pete Carroll while under the NCAA's microscope appears to be either suicidal recklessness or confident defiance.

It's being cornered by a bear and poking it with a stick. And the beauty of it all is this: We could have an idea how the NCAA feels about getting jabbed in a matter of weeks.

Of course, would you expect any other move from USC athletic director Mike ...

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