What I think changed Lane Kiffin was the 2011 season when he went 11-2. He emerged from it arrogant and impossible to deal with at times. Kiffin thought he was infallible after that season and let his worst impulses take over. Instead of becoming secure in his status, he became a dictator who could not be questioned.
And if you talk to people within the athletic dept., they did not like dealing with him around that time.
I’m hearing USC athletic director Pat Haden believed Lane Kiffin lost control of the team last night during the second half and that is why Haden went to a six-by-six foot room inside locker room to make decision to fire him.
Here’s who I believe are five candidates that USC will consider to replace Lane Kiffin. I’m not assessing if they would take it. 1. James Franklin, Vanderbilt; 2. Jeff Fisher, Rams; 3. Jack Del Rio (former Jaguars coach); 4. Chris Petersen, Boise State; Mike Riley, Oregon State.
USC coach Lane Kiffin was on the bus outside the Landmark Aviation terminal at Los Angeles International Airport early Sunday morning when he was asked to step off by a group of USC administrators led by Pat Haden. Kiffin said he would be right back but then one of the administrators told the bus to take off.
Kiffin was then dismissed by Haden. I’m told the decision was actually made during the game.
USC announced in the middle of the night that Lane Kiffin was fired by athletic director Pat Haden upon arrival of the team’s chartered flight back in Los Angeles following the 62-41 loss to Arizona State. Haden will hold a press conference this afternoon.
Kiffin ends his career with a record of 28-15.
I’m assuming Ed Orgeron will be appointed interim coach but we will find out today.
USC wide receiver Marqise Lee’s knee injury is less serious than originally feared, according to sources, and he should be able to return. An exact date is not known. There were fears it was a season-ending injury. Tight end Xavier Grimble said the results were “positive,” meaning good for Lee.
Here’s what Lane Kiffin said about being on the hot seat:
“I’m fine with that. I have been dealing with that for 12 months. That’s fine. That’s the last thing I’m worried about. We have to find a way to coach better and play better and get our backups ready.”