The era of Lane Kiffin as the head coach of the Southern California Trojans came to a very abrupt end this morning in one of the most interesting ways of firing you’ll ever see. The method of firing was one that hasn’t ever been seen, as the USC athletic department showed zero mercy in how they decided to spill the news to Kiffin.
According to reports, Kiffin was pulled off the team bus while it was at the Los Angeles International airport and was told of of the bad news. Kiffin was apparently blindsided by the news because the bus left him at the airport and he had to find his own way home.
All reports say this malicious firing of Kiffin was true and that athletic director Pat Haden had his mind made up on Kiffin’s fate by the third quarter of their game against Arizona State last night, which saw the Trojans get crushed 62-41. This continues the roller coaster ride that has been the Lane Kiffin tenure at USC, where he has been one of the most polarizing and most talked-about personalities in all of sports.
Expectations came in through the roof for Kiffin when he bailed on Tennessee after one year, but he has never lived up to the hype. After a 10-2 finish in 2011, the Trojans started the season ranked no. 1 in 2012, but have been plummeting ever since.
For now, the Trojans will go into a big time coaching search because despite their recent sanctions and lack of success, Southern Cal is still one of the most high-profile jobs in sports. It’s also reported that Ed Orgeron will be the interim coach for the Trojans.