Lane Kiffin Fired as USC Trojans Head Coach

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 29, 2013

Lane Kiffin has been removed from his post as head coach of USC's football team following the team's 62-41 loss to Arizona State on Saturday night. 

The athletic department announced the decision on Twitter:

Breaking news: Lane Kiffin has been relieved of his duties as USC's head football coach per AD Pat Haden.

— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) September 29, 2013

The school confirmed that Ed Orgeron is the interim head coach, via Arash Markazi of the Los Angeles Times:

Ed Orgeron is officially named the interim head coach for USC.

— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) September 29, 2013

Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman adds that Jack Del Rio is considered a strong option to replace Kiffin:

NFL team officials are insisting Jack Del Rio among top, if not the top, candidate to replace Lane Kiffin at USC.

— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) September 29, 2013

Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News says that Kiffin chose to be fired instead of leaving on his own: 

Lane Kiffin was given option to resign but instead chose termination, per #USC sources

— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) September 29, 2013