LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of Southern California has fired football coach Lane Kiffin. USC athletic director Pat Haden announced on the school’s website early Sunday that Kiffin has been relieved of his duties. Haden says Kiffin was told of his termination when the team arrived back in Los Angeles after Saturday’s 62-41 loss at Arizona State.
USC has lost seven of its last 11 games. The Trojans are 0-2 in the PAC-12 and 3-2 overall this season. Kiffin’s overall record in four seasons with the Trojans is 28-15.
Ed Orgeron was picked as USC’s interim head coach by athletic director Pat Haden later Sunday. The Trojans (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12) have eight games left on their 13-game schedule.
Orgeron was Kiffin’s assistant head coach and the former Mississippi head coach.
Haden fired Kiffin at the Trojans’ private airport terminal when the team plane returned from Arizona early Sunday morning, but not before a 45-minute meeting in which Kiffin tried to change Haden’s mind. The Trojans matched the most points allowed in school history in their seventh loss in 11 games.
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