USC Is Now a Kiffin-Free Zone
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It's gotta be karma.
Lane Kiffin ditched his dad as the defensive coordinator in the off-season, and now that's where his coaching career has careened.
Into the ditch.
After a pummeling in the desert at the hands of Arizona State -- and a 62-41 score is at least that -- USC athletic director Pat Haden met Kiffin at LAX late Saturday night and gave him his walking papers. Or whatever he gives coaches he just fires.
Somewhere, Al Davis and his slide show are smiling.
Somewhere else, Tennessee Volunteer fans with long memories are no doubt flushed with joy.
Sanctions or no sanctions, the general feeling is USC has better athletes than what's been on display. Last season, the Trojans did poll skeptics a favor by going from a pre-season No 1 ranking to an embarrassing performance at the Sun Bowl. Three weeks ago a packed house at the Coliseum saw the Trojans actually Coug It against the team that patented Cougin' It.
Shortly after USC's destruction by the Sun Devils, Kiffin was asked if the pressure was mounting. His ironic response was, “That’s the last thing I’m worried about. We have to find away to coach better, to play better.”
Well, it seems Pat Haden found a way faster than Kiffin did.