The University of Southern California Trojans let coach Lane Kiffin go less than six hours after a blowout defeat versus the Arizona State Sun Devils.
YouWager experts learned that Ed Orgeron was picked as Trojans’ interim head coach by athletic director Pat Haden later Sunday. USC (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12) has eight games left on their 13-game schedule.
Orgeron was Kiffin’s assistant head coach and the former Mississippi Bulldogs head coach.
Haden fired the 38 year-old coach at the Trojans’ private airport terminal in Los Angeles when the team plane returned from Arizona early Sunday morning following the 62-41 defeat in Tempe, but not before a 45-minute meeting in which Kiffin wanted to turn things around for him and change Haden’s mind.
USC matched the most points allowed in school history in their seventh defeat in 11 college football games.
Kiffin’s overall record in four years for the Trojans was 28-15.
Online sports betting experts learned that Haden met with advisers Saturday during a 28-0 Arizona State run in the third quarter, and that’s when it was decided to dismiss Kiffin.
Kiffin took the news “very professionally, stoically,” but was devastated.
Players and staff who saw the discussion have stated they figured what was being said and weren’t surprised. Players were notified via text message shortly before the Trojans announced the move at 4:25 a.m. local time.