Lane Kiffin Fired

Lane Kiffin was fired from USC after poor performance against Arizona State. It only took six hours to make the decision for USC brass, after the Sun Devils put up a 62-spot on the Trojans. There is probably little doubt that the hire for his replacement will be from the NFL. Jack Del Rio who presently is the defensive coordinator in Denver has been tossed around the rumor mill to be the hire. Team sources told ESPN that Del Rio would stay with the Broncos throughout the season, even if he interviews or accepts the position.

Presently, athletic director Pat Haden named Ed Orgeron, who was the assistant to Lane Kiffin, and once a head coach at Mississippi, the interim head coach. Haden wasted no time firing Kiffin as he received the news upon entering the airport terminal in Los Angeles, following the 62-41 loss in Tempe Arizona. This matched the most points allowed by a USC team in school history and their seventh loss in 11 games, and five of their last six. Even though they appeared in the top 25 poll, they quickly exited by week three. In 2012 they came into the season as the number one ranked team, but finished unranked, the first time in nearly fifty years a team has accomplished this unwanted feat. USC Trojans (3-2, 0-2 Pac 12) have eight games remaining. Kiffin’s overall record at USC had been successful, winning 28 out of 43 games.

Pat Haden’s reason for the termination was that he felt that the team was not consistent, and things just haven’t been right since the game against Hawaii. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, Haden decided in the midst of a 28-0 run by USC that Lane Kiffin was done. A source told ESPN Shelly Smith that Kiffin was caught completely off-guard, but the neither the players nor the staff were  surprised by the news. Players were notified via text message shortly before USC announced the move at 4:25 a.m. local time. When asked about the possible long term replacement for Kiffin, Haden declined any forward movement. He stated that Orgeron will be evaluated just like any other candidate, and it is not the time to name a tenured coach.

This is not the first time of surprises for the back story of Lane Kiffin. He was named the head coach of the Oakland Raiders at 31 years old, a head coach of a team of the Tennessee Volunteers at 33, and became the USC head coach at 34. The basic common theme has been turmoil. In Oakland it last 20 games before he was fired by Al Davis, and then demonstrated via overhead projector the reasons why, and was basically thrown out by Tennessee fans, due to their loyalty to previous head coach Phillip Fulmer, and then disaster at prestigious USC football. USC received sanctions shortly after Kiffin’s arrival, even though he had nothing to do with them, it cost the Trojans 30 scholarships over three years, and the right to go to the post-season twice.

Information used from ESPN college football reporter Joe Schad, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, ESPN.com Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold and the AP was used in this report.

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