Lane Kiffin finding the fast lane bumpy

The USC coach lowers the shoulder into each challenge. But will he triumph?

Updated: December 3, 2010, 1:51 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- He was hired in his mid-30s. People said he was too young to be the head coach of a storied program.

The son of an NFL coaching legend, people said he owed it all to his family connections.

He landed in a treacherous situation, a team starting to crawl out of the crater of major NCAA sanctions.

Mike Shula's story at Alabama looks like the worst-case scenario for Lane Kiffin, even if Alabama's model might be the best-case scenario for USC. Within seven years ...

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