Lane Kiffin Fired as USC Head Coach
USC Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin was fired early Sunday morning following the team’s embarrassing 62-41 loss to the Arizona State Sun Devils on Saturday.
Lane Kiffin, who has coached USC’s football team since 2010, has been relieved of his duties, Athletic Director Pat Haden announced early Sunday.
Kiffin was fired hours after the Trojans lost to Arizona State, 62-41, at Tempe, Ariz. The loss dropped the Trojans’ record to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-12 Conference.
Kiffin, who succeeded Pete Carroll as coach, had been under fire since the end of last season, when the Trojans fell from being ranked No. 1 to finishing with a 7-6 record. USC has lost seven of its last 11 games dating to last season.
Kiffin, 38, compiled a 28-15 record at USC. His best season came in 2011, when the Trojans finished 10-2.
ABOUT: Lane Monte Kiffin (born May 9, 1975) is an American football coach. He formerly served as offensive coordinator for the University of Southern California Trojans college football team from 2005–2006, head coach of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders from 2007 to 2008, head coach of the University of Tennessee Volunteers college football team in 2009, and head coach of the USC Trojans from 2010 to 2013. Kiffin was the youngest head coach in NFL history when he joined the Raiders, and for a time was the youngest head coach of a BCS Conference team in college football. He is the son of longtime NFL defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, who is the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL.
Tennessee Volunteers: On November 28, 2008, multiple media outlets reported that Lane Kiffin would be the next head football coach for the University of Tennessee Volunteers in 2009, replacing ousted head coach Phillip Fulmer. UT formally introduced Kiffin as the school’s 21st head football coach on December 1, 2008 in a 2:00 p.m. news conference.
Kiffin, 33, was hired by Tennessee and became the youngest active head coach in Division I FBS, surpassing Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald.
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