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USC fires Lane Kiffin

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Lane Kiffin, the former Raiders head coach whose high-profile firing in Oakland was the subject of much discussion in the NFL, has now been involved in a high-profile firing that will be the subject of much discussion in college football.

USC announced early this morning that it had fired Kiffin following the Trojans’ 62-41 loss at Arizona State.

When Pete Carroll left USC for the Seahawks, Kiffin arrived with great fanfare. But his team has been a huge disappointment. Last year the Trojans entered the season as the No. 1 team in the country and finished outside the Top 25. This year USC is 3-2 and 0-2 in the Pac-12.

From an NFL perspective, the question now becomes whether Kiffin will find himself on an NFL sideline, and whether some NFL coach will be tempted to leave the pros to coach USC.

Although he’s been a well-known coach for more than a decade, Kiffin is only 38 years old. He still has a coaching future ahead of him, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him coaching receivers or tight ends (the positions he coached in his first four years as a USC assistant) in the NFL next year.

And although USC is down right now, it’s still viewed as one of the marquee programs in college football, and some NFL coaches may be tempted by the opportunity to coach there. The Trojans will presumably promote an assistant to the role of interim head coach for the rest of this season, but next season someone with NFL experience could be on the USC sidelines.

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48 Responses to “USC fires Lane Kiffin”
  1. wearethesteelers says: Sep 29, 2013 8:19 AM

    About time.

  2. madtownthrowdown says: Sep 29, 2013 8:19 AM

    HAHA. finally. Man this guy is a bad coach!

  3. bucrightoff says: Sep 29, 2013 8:20 AM

    I guess his deal with Satan ran out.

  4. dumbpollack says: Sep 29, 2013 8:21 AM

    UT fans, don’t celebrate too much!

  5. skoobyfl says: Sep 29, 2013 8:24 AM

    I think the devil will run down to Georgia.

  6. beanocook says: Sep 29, 2013 8:28 AM

    Another ex NFL coach eaten alive by the college game. Go back to “the league” Kiffin, like your pops, and keep teaching oldmanfootball.

  7. andybutters says: Sep 29, 2013 8:28 AM

    How long till he tries to sue USC?

  8. titansbro says: Sep 29, 2013 8:28 AM

    Great recruiter, awful coach.

  9. GaslampGoliath says: Sep 29, 2013 8:30 AM

    Kiffin is a good one… USC can do better though…

  10. wryly1 says: Sep 29, 2013 8:34 AM

    Any time a coached is fired during the season, you know the situation has gotten really bad, with problems that go deeper than the current W-L record. As for Kiffin, he probably is just not Head Coach caliber.

  11. cometkazie says: Sep 29, 2013 8:38 AM

    This enhances the notion that sports are really entertainment.

    Get out the popcorn. The pseudogurus will be pontificating.

  12. giantboy99 says: Sep 29, 2013 8:47 AM

    Should have stayed with the Vols.

  13. 28for20 says: Sep 29, 2013 8:48 AM

    2nd best coach in the family, by far!

  14. williamwallacewouldhavebeenaraider says: Sep 29, 2013 8:53 AM

    Good old Al Davis called tha a long time ago. Kiffin is a bad coach and a bad person

  15. beastmode5150 says: Sep 29, 2013 8:54 AM

    He’s such a horrific coach.

  16. fatguystrangler says: Sep 29, 2013 9:00 AM

    There’s no doubt Kiffin will land at least a position coach positon job next season. Hell, Derek Dooley landed a position coach gig. As to an NFL guy replacing him, perhaps del Rio or Schiano?

  17. detroitkillas says: Sep 29, 2013 9:02 AM

    L.K..Had his shot,,and he cant lead a team… It time to move over and let someone else do what He could not!

  18. condor75 says: Sep 29, 2013 9:19 AM

    2 major college jobs, an nfl job , not even 40 yet and left them all in shambles, damn talk about having a lucky horse shoe in your behind

  19. garyman1 says: Sep 29, 2013 9:21 AM

    Selfish, untalented people often fail badly. He has left pretty much every program he has been at WORSE than when he got there.

  20. razzlejag says: Sep 29, 2013 9:21 AM

    Congratulations to USC, First step back to prominence.

  21. clownsfan says: Sep 29, 2013 9:28 AM

    One of, if not thee, worst HC of all time.

  22. bullpuppy552 says: Sep 29, 2013 9:34 AM

    This guy is horrible as a Head Coach, yet he keeps getting head coaching gigs. My guess is, he’ll NEVER get another head gig anywhere.

  23. kaeprulestheworld says: Sep 29, 2013 9:34 AM

    He had to go.

  24. buccncrazy says: Sep 29, 2013 9:35 AM

    Sciano, here’s your chance…

  25. dennisatunity says: Sep 29, 2013 9:35 AM

    It has always been unbelievable that this guy keeps landing top-level jobs.

  26. buccncrazy says: Sep 29, 2013 9:41 AM

    Here you go Sciano

  27. aldavisisthenfl says: Sep 29, 2013 9:41 AM

    Al warned everyone…..”This guy is a liar and a fraud”..

  28. censoredagain says: Sep 29, 2013 9:41 AM

    Paging Chip Kelly…

    This is what he’s been waiting for

  29. 1bigtex says: Sep 29, 2013 9:46 AM

    But now to the important question. Was there an overhead projector in the room?

  30. goawayeverybody says: Sep 29, 2013 9:50 AM

    He’s still laughing all the way to the bank though…..

  31. raiderlyfe510 says: Sep 29, 2013 9:53 AM

    Lane Kiffin is simply a bad coach, and Al Davis told the world that. It’s amazing that he got two HCing jobs after being trashed by a former employer. Fools concentrated too much on the overhead projector at Big Al’s press conference rather than the message…Lane Kiffin’s a joke.

    That’s what Tennessee and USC gets.

  32. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 29, 2013 9:54 AM

    What has Kiffin ever done to receive this many head coaching opportunities?

  33. lagg1 says: Sep 29, 2013 10:01 AM

    Jack Del Rio is perfect for USC.

  34. fordmandalay says: Sep 29, 2013 10:22 AM

    To be honest, he had way too little coaching and life experience for any of the big-profile jobs he was hired for. After about another 10 years, he’ll still be just in his 40s and better positioned for another shot. Let’s recognize the fact and hope it works out for him.

  35. blackhawks2010 says: Sep 29, 2013 10:33 AM

    Finally.

  36. fearthehoody says: Sep 29, 2013 10:44 AM

    Send him to Oregon or Stanford so he can destroy those teams.

  37. tinbender2000 says: Sep 29, 2013 11:09 AM

    I’d love to see USC use an overhead projector at a presser today, as a tip of the hat to Al.

  38. kaeprulestheworld says: Sep 29, 2013 11:21 AM

    Wow, fired of the plane back to Cali.

  39. irishking says: Sep 29, 2013 11:33 AM

    This was coming. The only question was ‘when’. Now we know the when part.

  40. jcioffi1485 says: Sep 29, 2013 11:50 AM

    yeah, but unless his formers employers all get their respective contract monies back, LK still never has to work another day in his life.

  41. cometkazie says: Sep 29, 2013 1:05 PM

    What makes this guy so attractive as a coach?

    Certainly not his resume.

  42. johndavidbooty says: Sep 29, 2013 1:11 PM

    Hue Jackson for USC coach 2014. Has USC ties as a former OC and recruit, is from the neighborhood and went to Dorsey High, will be an excellent recruiter who can relate to the social media generation of recruits. Former OC for Cal, where they were a highly ranked offense. Turned Raiders offense into a top 5 running team the 2 years he was there, with back to back 8-8 seasons, after he was let go Oakland went back to 4-12. Was the Ravens QB coach, integral in the early development of Joe Flacco, the man is a teacher of football. Currently assistant Head Coach for the Bengals, who have turned around in just his second season on the staff there. Look for Hue’s name to start popping up here. Has a great name in coaching circles and can bring in a good staff. Del Rio would be great, but Hue Jackson’s offensive playcalling is very well-suited for the college game. Al Davis was right about Lane Kiffin when he fired him. He was also right when he made Hue Jackson the last head coach that he hired. Hue Jackson is what the Trojans need right now.

  43. realfootballfan says: Sep 29, 2013 1:14 PM

    And so comes to an end the most inexplicable head coaching career in history.

    Somewhere, the late great Al Davis is smiling, pretty close to the anniversary since we lost him two years ago.

  44. broncostevenp says: Sep 29, 2013 1:14 PM

    How does this guy keep getting jobs? He’s horrible.

  45. 1bigtex says: Sep 29, 2013 2:26 PM

    To those Raider fans living in the world of revisionist history; the biggest dispute between Kiffin and Davis centered around Jamarcus Russell. While I thought that Lane Kiffin was a ridiculous hire at the time he got the Raider job, was hired becase no one elese qualified would take it, and I’m certainly no big fan of his, remember that Old Al announced to all that Jamarcus was going to be a “great playa”.

    Looks like Lane called that one right.

  46. nuclearwarfare says: Sep 29, 2013 3:25 PM

    @1bigtex

    The dispute was centered around Calvin Johnson. But, in retrospect, had the Raiders drafted Johnson, he would have just been a wasted talent on that roster of constant coach changes and no QB to throw him the ball. So, in all honesty, neither Al nor Kiffin was correct. The end result would have been the same no matter who got drafted. Russell was a bust, Johnson would have been wasted. Kiffin would have still gotten fired.

    And I’m a Raiders fan!

  47. flipola says: Sep 29, 2013 3:46 PM

    What in the world had USC done to warrant a#1 ranking?

  48. 1bigtex says: Sep 29, 2013 7:43 PM

    @nuclearwarfare

    Do what? Yes the Raiders needed a QB. They just didn’t need THAT QB. And if you’ll go back and watch Al’s presser after Lane was fired, Davis was still convinced that Russell was a great player. History shows that assessment to be more than a bit off the mark. Maybe Calvin Johnson would not have the numbers he has today, but drafting him would have saved the Raiders the embarrassment of DHB at #7 overall just down the road. The fact that the Raiders could have had Johnson or Peterson or Revis or several other outstanding pros instead of Jamarcus that draft makes the $36 million all that much more difficult to swallow.

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