USC fires Lane Kiffin after loss to Arizona State

USC fires Lane Kiffin after loss to Arizona State
September 29, 2013, 10:00 am
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USC will have a new coach when it comes to South Bend on Oct. 19.

Following an ugly 62-41 loss to Arizona State Saturday in Tempe, USC announced Sunday morning the dismissal of Lane Kiffin, who's been under fire since a 7-6 record last year after a No. 1 preseason ranking.

ESPN's Joe Schad reported Sunday morning Ed Orgeron, who formerly coached at Ole Miss from 2005-2007, will take over as USC's interim coach. Orgeron has served as Kiffin's defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator since 2009, when the pair were at Tennessee.

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USC is 3-2, with its other loss a brutal 10-7 defeat in Los Angeles to Washington State. They'll have plenty of time to prepare for Notre Dame under a new regime, as the Trojans have are off this weekend in advance of a Thursday date with Arizona on Oct. 10. They'll get over a week to prepare for Notre Dame following that game, although the Irish are on a bye the weekend before the game as well.

Kiffin was 1-2 against Notre Dame during his time at USC. He lost 20-16 in Los Angeles in 2010, beat the Irish 31-17 in South Bend in 2011 and lost 22-13 last year.