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USC Fires Lane Kiffin

Lane Kiffin, who coached USC’s football team since 2010, was relieved of his duties.

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Longtime USC assistant coach Ed Orgeron has been chosen to be the Trojans’ interim football coach, Athletic Director Pat Haden announced at a Sunday afternoon news conference.


USC running back Justin Davis, left, celebrates with Nelson Agholor after his touchdown against Boston College in the fourth quarter on Sept. 14. (Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Orgeron replaces Lane Kiffin, who was fired after Saturday night’s 62-41 loss at Arizona State. Kiffin was 28-15 in three-plus years at USC.

Orgeron has head coaching experience; he led Mississippi to a 10-25 record from 2005 to 2007.

“Ed is a good man who knows USC,”  Haden said.

Haden said Orgeron would be USC’s interim coach for at least the remaining eight games. Haden would not speculate on a possible successor to Kiffin.

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Lane Kiffin, who has coached USC’s football team since 2010, has been relieved of his duties, Athletic Director Pat Haden announced early Sunday.

Kiffin was fired hours after the Trojans lost to Arizona State, 62-41, at Tempe, Ariz. The loss dropped the Trojans’ record to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the Pacific 10 Conference.


Lane Kiffin (Credit: LA Times)

Kiffin, who succeeded Pete Carroll as coach, had been under fire since the end of last season, when the Trojans fell from being ranked No. 1 to finishing with a 7-6 record.

USC has lost seven of its last 11 games dating to last season.

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