By Michael Rand
Trevor Born writes for GopherIllustrated.com and has authored his own blog, TwinsJunkie, for more than two years. And you know what? He’s only 17. Yes, he’s a senior at Bloomington Kennedy High School. At an age when RandBall was riding on the roofs of cars and stealing road signs — don’t do that, kids — Trevor has been putting together a resume that many J-school graduates would be happy to have. He’s hanging out at the Star Tribune office today, and we thought: What the heck, let’s let Trevor have some space here. So here he is:
Well first of all I’d like to thank Michael for letting me pound at his keyboard during his incredibly busy day (as evidenced by the assorted empty coffee cups and Mountain Dew bottles lying around) and giving me an opportunity to post on one of the best blogs around [RandBall note: He was paid handsomely to say that].
I’m the TwinsJunkie, but the hot topic around town seems to be the firing of coach Mason and who he should be replaced with. A lot of names have come out, some of them crazier than others (whenever someone says suggests Tony Dungy, I typically reply “Why not Bill Belichick?”), but I’d like to make my case for a guy that grew up just a few minutes away from me: Lane Kiffin.
Mr. Kiffin is a 31-year-old graduate of Bloomington Jefferson who is now serving as the offensive coordinator at USC. During his tenure he has coached two Heisman Trophy winners (Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush) as well as three first round draft picks (Leinart, Bush, and Mike Williams). He was ranked by Rivals.com as one of the top 25 recruiters in the nation and is busy grabbing the top talent around the country as we speak. And at 31, he could lead the Gophers for quite a while, Joe Paterno-style.