A wild Sunday for USC football as Lane Kiffin was fired and Ed Orgeron took over, the first time since 1888 the Trojans will have two coaches in the same season. Here is my story on what happened.
Here’s columnist Tom Hoffarth’s look at Orgeron and columnist Jill Painter on Pat Haden’s role.
Pat Haden said at his press conference he started getting a “gut feeling” about something not being right with the football program at the Hawaii game. I guess those 13 games last season were not much of a hint. And I wonder how he feels about that video he made in late July now.
Haden said he was 100 percent behind Kiffin until last night.
“In my heart of hearts of I have supported Lane with everything the last three years,” Haden said.
Do you think USC can regroup without Lane Kiffin and have a decent remainder of the season? One player told me privately the team feels less pressure because Kiffin’s status became a constant topic. One plus: USC has nothing to lose really.
This is USC. It can afford to pay a coach $8 million per year. Why not get turned down by the best first and then start talking to other coaches. Last time around, Mike Garrett settled too early on Lane Kiffin and look what happened.
Lane Kiffin’s demeanor really changed after the Trojans went 11-2 in 2011. He must have felt secure because he became even more arrogant and treated people worse with his newfound success. You could see it outwardly when he stormed away from press conferences but behind-the-scenes players also complained that Kiffin focused too much on certain players like Matt Barkley.
Players also complained about his demeanor in the locker room and this led to last year’s problems with respect. Things only magnified this season following the Washington State loss.