OK, so there is no getting around it, USC's 2012 season has been an unmitigated disaster.
At 7-4, with an undefeated Notre Dame team looming in the headlights and a devastating loss to its cross-town rival still fresh on their fans' minds, the quiet rumblings of discontent have now turned into a loud roar.
And to be fair, there is justification for the anger felt by those who follow the men of Troy.
With those four losses and another one likely on the way, fans are left wondering how such a talented team could find ways to lose on a regular basis.
Lacking any definitive answers, they point the finger directly at head coach Lane Kiffin and surmise that the only cure to the Trojans' ills is the removal of the man responsible for what goes on in the field of play.
But is this the right call or just a knee-jerk response to an immediate problem that requires long-term solutions?
This slideshow will look at five reasons why Lane Kiffin is still the right man for the job despite the implosion that is USC's 2012 season.
Are there valid reasons to remove Kiffin? Sure, but there are many more reasons to keep him and here are the top five...