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:
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