Lane Kiffin fired at USC after 62-41 loss to Arizona State

Nick Bromberg

Lane Kiffin is out as USC football coach.

Perhaps nothing captures the frustration of USC football, from the coaching staff, players and fans than one play in the third quarter Saturday night against Arizona State.

Trailing by 20 and facing fourth-and-2 from USC's own 41-yard line, the call was to run a play out of the Wildcat formation. OK, not too crazy, because 2 yards could be easily picked up on the ground. Nope, it was a running back pass.

Tre Maddon's pass was intercepted, USC's chances of a comeback were kaput and Lane Kiffin's USC career was cut short after the game. The school announced Sunday morning that Kiffin had been terminated as coach of the Trojans.

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USC athletic director Pat Haden will hold a press conference Sunday afternoon to announce the move.

The 62-41 loss to Arizona State was USC's seventh loss in 11 games. After the Trojans meekly lost 10-7 at home to Washington State earlier in the year, USC fans started a "Fire Kiffin" chant that echoed through Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during the final minutes of the game.

Earlier in the season, USC players couldn't decide if they had a players only meeting or not and if Kiffin had any knowledge of it. Heck, just earlier Saturday, Paul Finebaum called Lane Kiffin "the Miley Cyrus of college football." But Miley Cyrus kept her job after the MTV Video Music Awards.

Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News tweeted out details of the firing, per his sources.

Kiffin finishes his three-plus year USC tenure with a 28-15 record. He left for USC after a one year stint as coach at Tennessee. After last season's 7-6 Sun Bowl season, his father, Monte Kiffin, was relieved of his duties as defensive coordinator. He's now back in the NFL for the 2-1 Dallas Cowboys.

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Lane Kiffin was able to recruit top talent to USC, but anyone watching over the past 17 games could see that it wasn't going to work out. Yes, Kiffin was at the mercy of NCAA-imposed scholarship reductions, but top talent was still going to USC. There were just too many problems to cover up.

Not only is USC going to be without Kiffin for the rest of the season, but it could be without its best player, as well. Wide receiver Marqise Lee left Saturday's game after a punt return in the fourth quarter. Lee was carried off the field by teammates.

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