Is Lane Kiffin already lying and cheating at Southern Cal?

According to a story in the Los Angeles Times, new Southern Cal coach Lane Kiffin and his lead henchman, er, recruiter Ed Orgeron may have committed an NCAA violation before they even landed in L.A.

And – you guessed it — Kiffin was lying about it right out of the box.

One of the first things Kiffin said at his introductory USC press conference was that he would run a “clean, disciplined program” (quit laughing now), but then came the question about whether Ed Orgeron had initiated phone calls to players who had been recruited to Tennessee.

“I don’t know that that’s accurate…. I don’t believe that has happened,” Kiffin said.”I’ve told (Tennessee Athletic Director) Mike Hamilton I will not recruit the players that go there unless they call me.”