Lane Kiffin Fired as USC Trojans Head Coach

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured 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