LOS ANGELES — Although Lane Kiffin is grateful for Southern California athletic director Pat Haden’s video vote of confidence, his job security won’t alter Kiffin’s urgency to get the Trojans back on top.
USC released a video in which Haden strongly backed Kiffin on Thursday night, the day before Pac-12 football media day.
“I anticipate the media will ask me if our football coach is on the hot seat this year,” Haden said in the video. “Here is my answer and will be my answer whenever I’m asked: He is not.”
Haden also said he is “behind Lane Kiffin 100 percent.”
USC endured a hugely disappointing season last year, going 7-6 after starting with the preseason No. 1 ranking.
Yet Haden and USC president Max Nikias have never wavered in their support of Kiffin, who is 25-13 after three seasons.
“Obviously, it’s a positive,” Kiffin said. “It’s not a negative to me from my standpoint as a head coach, but it wasn’t a surprise to me, because I deal with Pat on a daily basis, so I have felt Pat’s support and Max’s support the whole time we’ve been here.”
Florida: The university has given coach Will Muschamp a raise after an 11-win season.
School president Bernie Machen and athletic director Jeremy Foley upped Muschamp’s salary $250,000 annually, making him the seventh-highest-paid coach in the SEC.
Muschamp will now make $2.928 million annually through the 2017 season, ranking behind Alabama’s Nick Saban ($5.47 million), LSU’s Les Miles ($3.8 million), South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier ($3.3 million), Georgia’s Mark Richt ($3.2 million), Arkansas’ Bret Bielema ($3.2 million) and Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin ($3.1 million).
The Gators are 18-8 in two years under Muschamp.
Montana: The Grizzlies were placed on probation for three years and will have their scholarships reduced from 63 to 59 over the same period after the NCAA found boosters provided extra benefits to players, including bail money and free legal representation for two athletes.
Other player perks provided by boosters included free meals, clothing, lodging and transportation, the NCAA found.
The school did not receive a postseason ban.