I want you to ask yourself a few questions. I will provide the answers for you, though.
1) Is Lane Kiffin a good football coach? (No)
2) Is he a good recruiter? (Oh yeah)
3) Would any respectable school can a coach that is the kind of failure he's doomed to be after 3 years or so? (Definitely)
4) Is he really stupid enough to not know the situation he was walking into at USC, re: Sanctions? (I HIGHLY doubt it)
Everyone talks about Lane Kiffin taking the USC job because USC was his dream destination. True? Probably, but that's NOT why he took it. After two/three years like his first at Tennessee, he was definitely going to be "forced out", if not fired outright. There was only one choice if he didn't want to end up at the ass end of the football coaching universe after such a thing.
Go somewhere you will be rewarded for failure.
Assuming Kiffin had a pretty good idea of what was coming down on USC, he made the most brilliant move possible. Not only is he now the head coach at where he wants to be the head coach, but he gets at LEAST 5 years now, at LEAST, where losing monumentally will not be considered a failure. It will in fact be considered the only possible thing that could happen. FURTHERMORE, he won't just get a pass... he'll be glorified, because his Wizard Hat Supreme will, without any doubt, still manage to convince top flight recruits to come to a severely hampered program.
He'll go 2-10 in his first year, pull in a five star or two, and practically be crowned king for it!
The dude is a certifiable evil genius. No doubt about it.