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Kiffin out as USC head football coach

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By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer

Southern California head football coach Lane Kiffin has been fired.

Lane Kiffin (Getty Images)

Lane Kiffin (Getty Images)

Kiffin was fired in the parking lot of LAX International Airport after the team returned back from Arizona. On Saturday night, the team played in Tempe, Arizona, where they lost 62-41 to Arizona State.

Ed Orgeron, the Trojans assistant head coach, has been named interim head coach. This is his first head coaching job since being the Ole Miss head coach from 2005 through 2007 and was 10-25 at the school.

He was also the Trojans recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach.

He will have to try to improve a team that has lost seven of its last 11 games. And they have lost both of its Pac-!2 conference games this season.

In three full seasons and five games this season, Kiffin was 28-15 at USC.

The Los Angeles Daily News is reporting that Athletic Director Pat Haden met with advisers when Arizona State went on a 28-0 run in the third quarter. That reportedly made up his mind to fire Kiffin.

Haden will hold a news conference later today to introduce Oregeron as the interim head coach. And answer questions why it was a good time to fire Kiffin.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio will emerge as the top candidate for the position.

This season, Kiffin decided to go with a two quarterback system. But both quarterbacks have struggled, and neither one has stepped up to be the guy.

The Trojans entered this season as the No. 24 ranked team in the preseason of the Associated Press Top 25. But would drop out of the Top 25 in week three.

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