After an embarrassing 62-41 loss to Arizona State, the Trojans fired head coach, Lane Kiffin.
Sources said he was fired just six hours after the game in an LAX terminal as he and the team was returning home.
Kiffin was told he was being fired then, but it was actually in the middle of the third quarter when the athletic director, Pat Haden had made the decision to let him go. The president of USC and Haden were seen on the sidelines during the game, said to be looking to have a very serious discussion.
With the loss to Arizona State, the Trojans fell to 3-2 on the season. Dating back to last year, the Trojans have lost seven out of its last 11, including two Pac-12 games.
Kiffin spent four seasons as head coach of the Trojans rounding up a career record of 28-15.
The athletic director was not the only one who wanted Kiffin out, the fans also made it clear that they were not happy with Kiffin being head of the group.
Fans made signs while tailgating, letting everyone know they wanted Kiffin to go.
They even got a chant “fire Kiffin” going during a loss to Washington State at home.
Kiffin did not help matter’s either being involved in off the field controversies. Controversies that included deflated footballs, switching jersey numbers, and holding closed practices. He was just looked at as a young guy who could not handle a team on his own.
Defensive coach, Ed Orgeron will serve as the Trojans interim head coach for the time being.
Kiffin has made his rounds though the football sidelines throughout the years.
He first started as coach for the tight ends and receivers at USC from 2001-2006. From there he became offensive coordinator.
Kiffin was making a name for himself in the NCAA and soon found a spot in the NFL when the Oakland Raiders hired him as head coach in 2007.
His college success did not stem over to the NFL as he would go on to record a 5-15 record with the Raiders. He would later be fired in the 2008 season.
Kiffin would go back to head coaching in the NCAA as Tennessee’s coach. He maintained a winning record there going 7-6.
Kiffin returned to USC as head coach when Pete Carroll left to coach the Seattle Sehawks in the NFL, a job he still holds today.
During that year, in 2010 Kiffin had to deal with the severe inmpact of the NCAA sanctions put on the team; it included losses of players scholarhips and a two-year bowl ban.
Surprising enough the Trojans were ranked No.1 in the preseason polls in the 2012 season, but ended up going 7-6.
The Trojans face a difficult schedule ahead. They have to play Stanford, Notre Dame and UCLA.
The USC Trojans will head into a much needed bye week next weekend to compose themselves and start new, and hopefully put the beginning of the season behind them.