Posted September 29, 2013

USC fires coach Lane Kiffin

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USC is still feeling the effects of having scholarship reductions handed down the NCAA. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Lane Kiffin has struggled in his last two years at USC. (Harry How/Getty Images)

The University of Southern California has fired head coach Lane Kiffin, the school announced Sunday morning.

Kiffin’s dismissal comes on the heels of the Trojans’ 62-41 loss at Arizona State on Saturday — a game in which USC gave up 28 unanswered points in the third quarter. According to the school’s statement, USC athletic director Pat Haden informed Kiffin of his dismissal upon the team’s return to Los Angeles on Sunday morning.

Kiffin joined a USC Trojans football program that was in a state of flux in 2010, having been stripped of scholarships and postseason eligibility following the departure of former coach Pete Carroll. After going 8-5 in 2010 and 10-2 in 2011, USC struggled mightily in Kiffin’s third year. Ranked the preseason No. 1 team in the nation, the Trojans went 7-6 overall in 2012 and finished the season unranked.

The Arizona State loss is USC’s second of the season, with the first coming against Washington State at the start of September. In all, USC lost seven of their last 11 games under Kiffin, who leaves the program with a 28-15 overall record.


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BY
BY

I am surprised by the timing of this. I watched the game last night and USC just ran out of gas. Offensively I thought they played pretty well, not great. I did not think the USC players quit at all. I bet there is something else going on that will come out later.

JohnWorsham
JohnWorsham

People in Tennessee are laughing right now

ohitikta
ohitikta

On twitter is was reported that Pat Haden and others pulled Kiffin off the team bus at LAX and fired him there.  Ouch.

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

Another Rik Neuheisel,  terrible  head coaches who got paid lots of money to leave programs that hired them in much worse shape than they found em. 

joeshine730
joeshine730

Lane Kiffin was a disgrace as a head football coach at USC.  Lane does not possess the qualifications and leadership to ever be a head coach. Kiffin is thru in college football  commanding zero no respect.

abmafn2
abmafn2

Yea? Did any of us ever think this narcissistic, self-agrandizing egomaniac would ever be successful in any coaching position? Everywhere he has coached has been a dismal failure. Let's hope that no one else will give him the opportunity to take their program to a new low.He is not capable of coaching without his father at his side. How sad is college football when their coach is incapable of "cutting the umbilical". Little Laney isn't capable of being a "standalone" coach, judged on his own merits. Instead he levels the blame on everyone around him.Goodbye and good riddance to the worst college coach to take the field in recent memory. Hey Lane, I hear there's a nice NAIA program looking for a good reason to shut down it's football program. I am sureyour skill-sets could help them reach their goal, quickly!

RomarioDelLago
RomarioDelLago

LOL...awesome.  Dude should never, EVER have been a head-coach anywhere.  Talentless hack.  LOL


bhayes420
bhayes420

I expected him to be fired, but after the season.  You hardly ever see a college coach fired mid-season.  That tells me, as hard as it is to believe, things were MUCH worse than they appeared.  And let's face it, things appeared TERRIBLE!  Kiffin has not been qualified for a single job he's held, except the O-coordinator job with the Trojans.  He just wasn't ready, and probably will never be ready, for the big time.  

HOFPufnstuf
HOFPufnstuf

the sarah palin of football coaches. Will not be missed except by notre dame and ucla fans

Lizard_King
Lizard_King

I'm sure this news saddens Tennessee fans everywhere

brighat
brighat

Lane Kiffin is barely qualified to coach in the high school ranks. 

Perhaps he needs to go to the Sun Belt Conference or the FCS. He was way over his head running the shows for the Oakland Raiders, Tennessee and USC. It's a mystery how he got such plum jobs with little effort. His last name, his work on a cheating USC program under Pete Carroll, his good looks?

mikalrod
mikalrod

I'm going to bake myself a cake, and sing Kumbaya! 

j7apple
j7apple

Kiffin won't be out of work for long, as the College ranks always have room for slimy coaches somewhere out there. 

Take Western Kentucky hiring of Bobby Petrino.  Some schools will look beyond integrity for the hopes of more wins.

Kiffin clearly ran into the Peter Principle early on in his career.


Lohikaarme
Lohikaarme

People are missing the point here. Hiring Kiffin was part of the sanctions that the NCAA imposed on USC. Now that the penalty period is finished is time to move on.

ezwriter69
ezwriter69

When a team quits on a coach the way USC did on him last year, it's just idiotic to bring him back for another year... once you lose them, you never get them back. Wasted a full year, Pat Haden, and that's on YOU, not Kiffin.

Action
Action

This guy has been in over his head since the day Al Davis made him head coach for the Raiders.  Hopefully he saved his money.  It will be a long time before he's pulling down big money any more.  I'm not sure if anybody is going to want him as an AC on their staff, so he's going to have to look at small programs.

jeffcooper71
jeffcooper71

@joeshine730 I doubt that.  I just think he benefited riding Pete Carroll's coat tails.  He needs to go to a program that is not top 25 and work on his craft.  IMHO he was giving too high a profile programs too quickly. 

David G
David G

You are describing Pete Carroll in the start of that paragraph.

j7apple
j7apple

@abmafn2  I would bet he will have a job as head coach at a mid major in no time  if he desires. 

You would be surprised what schools do when the dust settles. Look at Western Kentucky  and hiring Petrino. 

LeighFitzpatrick
LeighFitzpatrick

@bhayes420 Actually USC's offense was never the same after Norm Chow left.  The Trojans' had so much talent when LK was O-coordinator that even he could not totally screw it up.  But still plenty of head scratcher play calls when he ran the Trojans' O.  I do note he had a great talent for undermining Chow.

JimKirkwood1
JimKirkwood1

@bhayes420 I agree. It makes me think the AD isn't the greatest either. MUCH better to fire a coach after the season, and IMO the writing was on the wall after last year. The record was a big disappointment for USC fans, but the chaos was even more disconcerting

Daniel19
Daniel19

@HOFPufnstuf At least Palin had been in office of some sort. Unlike, say, a community organizer....

FDowney
FDowney

@Lizard_King Guy that lives next door to me is a Tennessee grad and big fan. I have not seen him yet today, but I think I hear maniacal laughter coming out the window :)

bhayes420
bhayes420

@j7apple  Yeah, but Petrino has done something Kiffin has rarely done...WIN!  Kiffin was outclassed with the Raiders, the Vols, and now the Trojans.  He will have to go back to being a coordinator for the foreseeable future.  

bhayes420
bhayes420

@ezwriter69   Got to give Haden credit for hanging with him though.  Makes it easier for the next coach when he knows the AD won't bail on him immediately.  But I agree, last year was the right time to let him go.  I really thought, no matter how bad this year went, he would last out the year after being brought back. You don't see many big time college coaches fired mid-season unless it is a character issue or something worse. 

RobertM
RobertM

@Daniel19 @HOFPufnstuf Palin is an idiot and a dangerous loser. She QUIT on the people who elected her so that she could save her sorry A** from ethics and possible criminal charges. President Obama...twice elected President Obama, has done so many good things for the people that elected him, and those that did not for whatever reasons, that history will credit him as one of the top 5-6 US Presidents of all time when it is said and done. Palin AND Kiffin are simply losers with no heft or credibility at all but instead are blowhards who skate on the BS they peddle. At least Kiffin didnt QUIT as Palin did to go make money.   

SteveNewman
SteveNewman

@Daniel19 @HOFPufnstuf I was under the impression that U. S. Senator was an elective office, and Pres. Obama served as a Senator longer than Ms. Palin did as Governor.  By the way, he resigned in order to prepare to serve his first elective term as President.  She resigned in the midst of a tidal wave of allegations about her ethics and has gone on to do what exactly?  I am sorry to add to partisan wrangling in a thread about a terrible football coach, but as they say, you are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.