USC Football: Trojans Should Fire Lane Kiffin After Notre Dame Loss

Nathan LoweryCorrespondent INovember 25, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24:  Head coach Lane Kiffin of the USC Trojans before the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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On July 31, Penn State running back Silas Redd chose to transfer across the nation to USC in order to "win big."

If only Redd could have foreseen the future and known that the Nittany Lions would finish 2012 with a better record than the Trojans; nonetheless, Penn State is still ineligible for bowl action.

But who could blame Redd?

From the looks of things, Penn State would struggle all season long under a new head coach and in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. On the other hand, the Trojans returned offensive weapons of mass destruction Matt Barkley, Robert Woods and Marqise Lee.

USC entered the season as the No. 1 team in the nation and couldn't possibly get a loss until Nov. 3 against Oregon, but the Trojans still predicted to win that game.

Instead, Lane Kiffin couldn't make it through Week 3 before suffering a loss at the hands of Stanford, who is still having success even after the graduation of Andrew Luck.

USC would continue their losing ways throughout the season, losing to Arizona and to Oregon in the worst ever defensive performances by a USC team. Losses to rivals UCLA and Notre Dame followed.

Disappointing, inferior, unsatisfactory, inadequate; all can truthfully describe the lackluster season for USC in 2012.

And who's at the head of it all? Kiffin.


All season long it has been clear that Kiffin is unfit to be at the helm of USC, and his abrupt firing at season's end is the only remedy for the Trojans.

Kiffin's game management has been downright awful all season long, and you could definitely see it Saturday night against the Fighting Irish.

Just look as Kiffin sprints down the sideline to call a timeout that negated a Trojan touchdown.

You think Kiffin has a real play sheet there or they just give him an IHOP menu to pretend?

— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) November 25, 2012

On the last Trojan possession of the game, Kiffin decided to continue to run the ball against the best front seven in the nation and you can guess the amount of success that yielded.


I suggest you read Randy Chambers' story on Kiffin's game management, or lack thereof, to get the full depth of his failures. 

To add insult to the injury of his failures, Kiffin lost both games to USC's primary rivals, Notre Dame and UCLA, this season.

The loss to UCLA is the catalyst for the changing of the guard in Los Angeles as USC's fall is coinciding with the rise of UCLA as a relevant program in college football.

In the Pac-12 preseason media poll, the Trojans were predicted to win the Pac-12 South, while UCLA was tabbed to finish third in the South.


Instead, it is UCLA that will be playing for the conference championship for the second season in a row.

Not since 1964 (Ole Miss) has the preseason No. 1 finished the season unranked, yet because of Kiffin, USC has done just that this season.

Kiffin's failures as a football coach this season are just the tip of the iceberg.

In August, Kiffin came under fire after he said that he did not vote USC as the No. 1 team in the Coaches Poll, when he in fact did.

Kiffin later gave up his vote in the Coaches Poll after he was caught. 

After the Week 3 loss to Stanford, Kiffin abruptly ended a press conference after being asked about a player's participation at practice.

In an October 20 game against Colorado, Kiffin again came under fire for switching the jerseys of quarterback Cody Kessler and punter Kyle Negrette in order to fool the Buffaloes on a two-point attempt.

Two weeks later, a student manager was caught deflating USC's game balls in order to make them easier to catch. The student said he acted alone, but many doubt that, and it's not hard to believe considering Kiffin's past.

This is just a list of what Kiffin has done in 2012. For a nice little slideshow of Kiffin's blunders in his lackluster career, check out this one from the good folks at USA Today.

Kiffin has only brought the illustrious Trojan football program down since arriving at USC, and needs to be fired before he can do any more damage.