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USC football: Lane Kiffin at hearing as part of NCAA's 'Scared Straight' philosophy

February 19, 2010 |  2:11 pm

USC's hearing before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions is back in session after a lunch break.

Running backs coach Todd McNair is still here, fielding questions for a second consecutive day.

Pete Carroll is gone, but Coach Lane Kiffin remains because the NCAA encourages schools to bring new coaches to hearings.

Kiffin, of course, isn't new to being a head coach. And he knows the NCAA from his years as a USC assistant and his controversial one-year stay at Tennessee. But this is his first infractions committee hearing.

Former committee chair Tom Yeager said last week that for new coaches, "it's almost like a 'Scared Straight' program."

"They don’t want to be there ever again," Yeager said of coaches. "They’ll tell a [committee] member, ‘I’m having a staff meeting within 20 minutes of getting back on campus. I’m never going to be sitting in that chair answering questions.'"

--Gary Klein

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