Monte Kiffin Hands in (forced) Resignation

11/30/12 in NCAAF   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

The USC Trojans, the preseason #1 rank in the country, stumbled to compete with the top teams all season long and completely sputtered at the tail end of the season, finishing at 7-5, heading to a consolation bowl game. With the talent on their offense, including but not limited to, Matt Barkley, Marquise Lee, Robert Wood and Silas Redd, the Trojans completely underutilized their potential. 

Sep 22, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin during the game against the California Golden Bears at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC defeated California 27-9.  Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIREHowever, the problems did not lie on that side of the ball. If anyone remembers correctly, when USC matched up with the Oregon Ducks, it was the ultimate shootout, and because USC managed only to put up 51 points, they fell because the Ducks put a 62 spot on the Trojan defense. 

And who might be the defensive mind behind such an unfortunate performance? You guessed correctly. Monte Kiffin -- the old school. He clearly is way past his mental prime and required a permanent leave from the USC coaching helm as he not only tainted USC's defensive pride, he hindered their ability to compete at a high level all season long.

His resignation comes as no surprise to most as the expectations at USC are sky high for a reason, and that reason stems from a tradition of excellence on the field. Producing the highest quality team and helping them move on to the professional level, representing the school for up-and-coming prospects as success stories. 

Monte's departure is not a sad, but rather a joyous occasion for the Trojan family as things can only improve from here. The defense, the fans and the alumni all had a celebratory glass of scotch upon hearing the news, looking ahead to a bright 2013. 
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