BATON ROUGE, La. — One of the key plot points in the movie “Anchorman” — if a largely unscripted comedy can be said to have key plot points — is the “Panda Watch.”
Panda Watch is the breathless, over-the-top coverage by various media outlets as they wait for a panda to give birth at the San Diego Zoo.
Now LSU has its own version of Panda Watch — the Lane Kiffin Watch.
Every outlet is covering every angle waiting to see where it is that Alabama’s offensive coordinator ends up next. Every day brings a new destination. One question was will it be Houston? One question was will it be South Florida? Now the question is will it be Florida Atlantic?
Thus far the answers to those questions are no, no and outlook not so good, so maybe we will finally get on with Kiffin to LSU. Though LSU coach Ed Orgeron said he does not expect to have his coaching staff filled out until after the Citrus Bowl, the sooner this thing gets done, the better.
In his opening press conference, Orgeron talked about bringing the best offensive coordinator in the country to LSU. He was clearly using that phrase as a code word for “Lane Kiffin,” but all along, Orgeron has known there was no guarantee the Tigers would land his former boss at Southern California.
There are several Plan B guys in place for Orgeron to turn to, the names of which are likely listed in that giant binder that impressed Joe Alleva so much during his job interview. Orgeron knew that Kiffin would be in contention for several head coaching jobs, particularly with Nick Saban interested in moving him out of the SEC West. He’s prepared for contingencies.
But if those Plan B guys are good enough to be in consideration for the title “best offensive coordinator in the country,” LSU won’t be the only school knocking on their doors. That is what makes time of the essence in this matter. If the Kiffin drama drags out for too long, then it’s possible another big school in need of an offensive makeover could poach one of the coaches on Coach O’s “B” list.
Impatient fans shouldn’t begrudge the fact that Kiffin is angling to be a head coach again. A lack of ambition isn’t going to get you very far as an SEC assistant coach. However, if he does not end up with the Florida Atlantic job, it’s time for him to finally pick up the phone and seal the deal with LSU.
Kiffin Watch, like Panda Watch, can only drag on for so long before it becomes ri-gosh darn-diculous.