USC fires Lane Kiffin

9/29/13 in NCAAF   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - USC fires Lane KiffinThe writing has been on the wall for some time now, and early in the morning on the West Coast, just after losing 62-41 to Arizona State, USC pulled the trigger and fired Lane Kiffin. The move ends Kiffin's tumultuous tenure with the Trojans. That tenure began with controversy when Kiffin suddenly moved to USC after just one mediocre year at Tennessee. He had been unable to keep USC on its usual perch of success, although at least at first that could be excused a bit due to the sanctions placed on the school from to the Reggie Bush affair.

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.
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9/30/13   |   kteacher   |   34351 respect

The_Real_Stoney wrote:
Granted, they're playing almost 30 scholarship players short of all other non sanctioned teams, but I thought they'd at least ride out this season with Kiffin.
That being said, this couldn't happen to a better guy, and maybe he'll realize that there's more to being a coach and running a program than being a privileged a-hole. If the story is true that they sent the bus back to campus without him, with Kiffin's personal bag and phone still on the bus, then Pat Hayden is my new hero.
Have fun at Florida International

Heard he was told via text message about that last little tidbit, and it was about 4:30-4:45 in the morning. USC alums rejoiced and thought it was Christmas come early. lol (the tweets were amazing)

9/30/13   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25157 respect

Granted, they're playing almost 30 scholarship players short of all other non sanctioned teams, but I thought they'd at least ride out this season with Kiffin.
That being said, this couldn't happen to a better guy, and maybe he'll realize that there's more to being a coach and running a program than being a privileged a-hole. If the story is true that they sent the bus back to campus without him, with Kiffin's personal bag and phone still on the bus, then Pat Hayden is my new hero.
Have fun at Florida International

9/30/13   |   Jess   |   34638 respect

I don't have anything to add, but that picture with this article = perfection.

9/29/13   |   Scott   |   53016 respect

From reading multiple tweets on Twitter, it doesn't sound like many of the current or former players are upset.  Sounds to me like Kiffin lost the locker room and during the beat down last night against Arizona State, Pat Haden decided USC needed to make a move immediately