A public display of loyalty to an embattled coach is a mixed blessing. It's nice to have your employer show confidence in you, but the fact that said confidence needed to be displayed in the first place is a bad sign. Lane Kiffin might be of two minds on hearing that USC athletic director Pat Haden said that he's not on the hot seat for this season. Kiffin is 25-13 at USC, and coming off a 7-6 disaster of a season, might not want to put too much stock in Haden's endorsement.

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