As Lane Kiffin marched off the field of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at the half, a familiar chant began to echo and pick up around the stadium, even as Kiffin and the USC Trojans walked into the hallway, “Fire Kiffin! Fire Kiffin!” Fans had plenty to be upset about Saturday. After a terrible first half, the chants only grew louder.
USC scrapped and fought for every bit of offense it could only to end up tied with the Washington State Cougars 7-7 at the half, the fans however were not putting up with the offensive woes. The Trojans had only managed one score and finished the game with a horrendous 54-yard tally through the air all with Kiffin’s playcalling.
“That’s just fans being fans,” Marqise Lee said post game. “They aren’t seeing what they want … It takes time. We don’t have (Matt) Barkley anymore. New quarterbacks are coming in. They have to understand it takes time.” The favored USC Trojans came in ranked 25th but tumbled out of the top 25 with the loss. As a result, Kiffin is denied that luxury.
Lane Kiffin was brought in to coach in 2010 after coaching the Tennessee Volunteers for just one season. That team went 7-6. Flash forward and USC has just recently become eligible for bowl games, the 1-1 record and subsequent losses will have the Trojans in the Meineke Muffler Bowl or something pointless. Things have to change.
Lane Kiffin’s dad Monte left to take a job with the Dallas Cowboys and luckily for his son, his impact is still felt. The Trojans defense is the only thing holding up the levee of an absolutely horrid losing season. The bright spots on offense are the beast that is Marqise Lee while the quarterback position looks muddled and unclear.
After losing stints with the Oakland Raiders, Tennesee Volunteers and USC, it’s clear that Kiffin has not built any winners from the ground up, much less lead a team with continued success. How come everywhere Kiffin goes, someone is chanting something profane, burning a mattress or even taking jabs at the Head Coach with re-use of a fire lane? Some say the prestige is dying now. I think it ended with the violations and infractions. Nevertheless the chants have merit; it’s time to fire Kiffin.