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The Relief for the Trojans

By: Shannon Stern

                

Finally! This seems to be the feeling of USC students, fans, and college football lovers around the country. The “Fire Kiffin” chants in the Coliseum were finally heard.

                 

It was reported early Sunday morning, September 29th, that USC’s athletic director, Pat Haden, let head coach Lane Kiffin go. This comes after that Saturday’s abysmal loss to Arizona State, 62 to 41. During the game, it was clear the Trojans would let this one go. Turnovers and penalties were not in USC’s favor. The once collegiate football powerhouse seems to be in a forever downturn. The only thing making Trojan fans happy was the ten days the team has between the ASU game and the Arizona game at home on Thursday, October 10th.

                 

Change is what USC needs. Clearly, they decided the firing of Kiffin was the first move. Los Angeles Daily News’ Scott Wolf has been a wealth of information regarding this story. He reported that Kiffin was fired once the team returned to LAX Sunday morning. He was pulled off of the team bus and let go on the spot. The decision to fire Kiffin was not made on Sunday. Wolf reported that Haden met three USC administrators during the third quarter. The decision was made then to let Kiffin go.

 

Sources have also reported that Kiffin was given two choices: resign or be terminated. He chose to be terminated. Players are reportedly not upset over this shakeup. Some felt that he favored some players and only focused on them. When you are playing a team game, there cannot be favorites. It is not up to one person to win a game. Instead, both the offense and defense need to come together. Wolf reported that players had stated that a weight had been lifted off of the team after the firing.

 

While looking for a replacement coach, Ed Orgeron, Assistant Head Coach of the Trojans, will step up and fill the void left by Kiffin. This was confirmed during the 1 pm press conference that was held. Haden confirmed some of what had been reported while dispelling other rumors. Haden began by thanking Kiffin and his family. He praised Kiffin as a professional and a hard worker, someone whom he has respect for. At 3 am, Haden met with Kiffin at LAX in a private room. Kiffin tried to keep his job. However, around 3:45 or 4 am, he thought it was the right decision. The team was then texted about a meeting at 11 am to discuss the changes.

 

Haden continued to praise the USC Trojans’ football program. He said USC has “good coaches, good men of character.” The players, according to Haden, responded to the news well. Haden addressed the timing of the firing. He believed that now was the right time. Haden believed the Trojans could rebound from last season. However, he had a gut feeling about last night’s decision. USC was not making the progress that they needed to make and should have been making. There were many inconsistencies.

 

Nothing is out of the ordinary as of now for the Trojans. USC resumed practice that Wednesday and have already embraced the new style of Orgeron’s coaching. What will become of the Southern California powerhouse? Fans will have to wait and see.