USC fires Lane Kiffin
These past two years though, a step below what USC is used to was nowhere to be found. Despite beginning last year ranked as preseason #1, USC faltered under Kiffin to 7-6, including an ignominious loss in the Sun Bowl. The Trojans scored 7 points in that game, which has turned out to be a precursor to this year. Already on thin ice, the "Kiffin in trouble" talk reached a fever pitch after USC scored just 7 points again in a loss to Washington State in the second game of this season. The offense looked completely lost as Kiffin dithered between two quarterbacks. Last week, USC eeked out a win against Utah State before getting destroyed defensively last night by Arizona State. Given the team's situation, their talent deficiency, and with no one in his corner, USC brass decided it was time to pull the plug, and it's hard to argue it wasn't the right move.
Kiffin's record at USC ends at 28-15, giving him an overall college record of 35-21. Given where he coached, that's not all that good. His Raiders tenure can be forgiven to a point due to him probably not being ready and Al Davis being crazy, but he's shown nothing in his college career to show he's a good head coach. Maybe some team will get desperate and hire him in the future (hey, if someone hired Charlie Weis), or maybe he'll go back to being a coordinator, or maybe he'll do TV for a while. Given he's arguably the most despised figure in college football though, I'm guessing most just hope he goes away for a good long while.