“We have to find a way to coach better,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said after a 62-41 defeat at Arizona State.
Unfortunately for Kiffin, that will mean without his services. Kiffin was fired from his position hours after his team fell to 3-2 on the season, 0-2 in the Pac-12.
Kiffin, having lost seven of his last 11 games dating back to last season, finished with a 28-15 record in four years in charge of the program.
Trojans athletic director Pat Haden said that the university would hold a news conference on Sunday afternoon with time and location unknown.
The loss in Tempe, Ariz. became the final straw for the Trojans athletics department after a string of unrest in Southern California. USC had fallen to Washington State 10-7 earlier in the season, and went through a three-game skid to end 2012.
Losses to UCLA, 22-13, No. 1 Notre Dame and a 21-7 set back to Georgia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl were early signs that Kiffin may not be back to begin 2013.
However, the university retrained Kiffin for this season, but like his previous two jobs, an early exit was the result.
Kiffin became a NFL head coach at 31 before moving to Tennessee at 33. He became USC’s head coach a year later despite unrest from both Volunteer faithful and from the Trojans.
USC became the first team to fall from the No. 1 position to out of the Top 25 in AP Poll history in 2012, and this season his team were ranked No. 24 before falling out in the loss to Washington State.