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Monte Kiffin to resign following USC’s bowl game

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With Lane Kiffin apparently surviving a season full of disappointments and distractions, it was thought that somebody on his staff would be forced to fall on the sword.

That person, it was widely believed, would ultimately be Kiffin’s father.  In the end, that’s precisely what happened.

The Trojans announced Thursday night that Monte Kiffin will step down from his position as assistant head coach following the team’s bowl game this season.  The school stated that the 73-year-old coach was resigning to pursue opportunities at the NFL level.

“I respect my father’s decision and his desire to return to the NFL,” the younger Kiffin said in a statement. “We are very appreciative of the hard work and effort that he put in at USC these past three years. He has a tremendous passion for coaching young men and he is a phenomenal recruiter.

“The timing of this allows us to move forward now in the hiring of a new coach.”

Monte Kiffin spent the past three seasons as part of his son’s staff, coming to the Trojans as one of the most respected defensive minds at any level.  Prior to his time at USC and his one season with the Tennessee Vols, he had spent the previous 26 seasons at the NFL level, the last 14 as defensive coordinator.

A season that began with high expectations, though, ended with the Trojans on the outside of both the conference and BcS windows looking in, thanks in large part to a sieve-like defense.  USC yielded 178 points while losing four of its final five games this season, plummeting out of the Top 25 after beginning the year at No. 1.

“I wanted to make this announcement now so that our players who are preparing for the bowl game and our recruits who will be visiting campus are aware,” said Kiffin. “I really enjoyed my time at USC and the opportunity I had to work with our players and coaches. The chance to work for my son, Lane, was unique and memorable, but we always treated each other professionally on a coach-to-coach basis.

“Although things didn’t always go as well as we would have liked this year from a defensive and win-loss standpoint, I will leave USC with the utmost respect for the University, the Trojan Family and, most importantly, the players I had the good fortune to coach. I see great things ahead for the USC football program.”

There’s no early word yet on which direction Kiffin will head in replacing his father.

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30 Responses to “Monte Kiffin to resign following USC’s bowl game”
  1. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 29, 2012 9:29 PM

    Monte go back to Tampa and chill out for a while man.

    This guy will still be watching film on his deathbed.

  2. irishdodger says: Nov 29, 2012 10:16 PM

    Gene Chizik is available. I’ve heard Randy Shannon’s name as well.

  3. alligatorsnapper says: Nov 29, 2012 10:25 PM

    Monte won’t have a hard time at all finding a job in the NFL, but I think the wrong Kiffen is resigning…with what I have seen of Lane’s decisions in games this season, maybe he should be resigning.

  4. jimbo75025 says: Nov 29, 2012 10:30 PM

    houndofthebaskervols says:
    Nov 29, 2012 9:29 PM
    Monte go back to Tampa and chill out for a while man.

    This guy will still be watching film on his deathbed.
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    Scarily enough man, while I hated Lane Kiffin even when he was at UT, I always kind of liked Monte. The epitomy of an old-school football coach who would rather eat his own hat than allow positive yardage.

    Only negative thing I can really say about Monte is that he is Lane Kiffins father.

  5. rsmeans says: Nov 29, 2012 10:35 PM

    The wrong Kiffin resigned but that is USC’S future problem and they can kiss the next few years good bye with respect to winning any championships.

  6. thefiesty1 says: Nov 29, 2012 11:08 PM

    Take your son with you. 8-4 or 7-5 is nowhere to be after being rank number one at the start of the season. Somehow these losers seem to keep turning up somewhere else. Give us a break, he’s 73 years old, retire already. Get you SS before Obama gives it to the illegals.

  7. gotampabay52 says: Nov 29, 2012 11:17 PM

    Well well well Monte comes back to the town in which his grandson is named after go KNOX-ville. Gruden with Monte SEC watch out

  8. gotampabay52 says: Nov 29, 2012 11:21 PM

    Monte come back to UT

  9. slumdog66 says: Nov 29, 2012 11:22 PM

    There is a God.

  10. normtide says: Nov 29, 2012 11:22 PM

    If this was a case of lane letting his dad take a fall for him, then this is a new low. There is no way in hell I could stand by and let my father get ran off. NEVER. We would have to crash and burn together. Maybe it was a case of dad falling on the sword to save his son, Monte is by far the classy one of the two. I pray I never heart that lane had a choice, his father goes out he does. Just for my hope on humanity, I guess.

  11. bender4700 says: Nov 29, 2012 11:44 PM

    Monte come back to Nebraska. Bo would definitely have a spot for a legend to return as a Husker.

  12. bender4700 says: Nov 29, 2012 11:50 PM

    “normtide says: Nov 29, 2012 11:22 PM

    If this was a case of lane letting his dad take a fall for him, then this is a new low”

    I think Monte knows that he needs to let Lane succeed or fail.

    I do find it funny SC fan is all over firing Lane, when he’s having to work through the scholarship and bowl stuff from Pete Carroll.

    Love Monte, Lane’s an ass.

  13. cosanostra71 says: Nov 30, 2012 12:17 AM

    I think it was needed. I have nothing but respect for Monte, but his system simply does not seem to work against spread offenses. I felt like the defense rarely if ever made in game adjustments this season, and if they did they didn’t work. Obviously there are other issues we need to fix but I think it was time to part ways. I hope he joins the 49ers staff.

  14. pdcooper08 says: Nov 30, 2012 1:07 AM

    On paper everyone said the Defensive talent was superior, has anyone ever thought maybe that talent just wasn’t very good this year. I know Monte is getting old and has probably forgot more football then most of us combined, but really, he wasn’t the problem. What I saw on the field was a Defensive group that lacked interest and heart, and every game they fell behind, they did nothing as a unit to get themselves back on trac.

    Sure Monte can take the sword this year for his son, but the problem is far from being taken care of.

  15. beanocook says: Nov 30, 2012 2:44 AM

    It is a much longer list of NFL to college washouts than college to NFL washouts. Kiffin’s NFL stuff doesn’t work in college, esp vs a mobile QB, something the NFL will accept sooner or later, kicking and screaming.

  16. bleed4philly says: Nov 30, 2012 3:11 AM

    I don’t care about Monty unless he comes with gruden to Philly. Just fire Lane!

  17. dumbpollack says: Nov 30, 2012 6:54 AM

    Hey Pappabush, I guess this means SC will win the national title next year. This time next year “the boy” will be leaving too!

  18. cupete says: Nov 30, 2012 7:57 AM

    As a Notre Dame fan, can I just say “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” and, Please keep Lane!

  19. floridacock says: Nov 30, 2012 7:58 AM

    Monte is not a college coach. He needs to be in the NFL and I would love to see him come home to my Buccaneers, but it aint goin to happen.

  20. bills4 says: Nov 30, 2012 8:59 AM

    He has more class and football intelligence in his small toe than his son! Lane is a joke who has been riding daddy’s coat tails for a long time!

  21. xtremesportsmaniac says: Nov 30, 2012 9:06 AM

    Lane made his share of mistakes this year but the defense has been horrible under Monte. Monte had to go but it would also be nice to see Lane give up the play calling duties.

    This has nothing to do with Lane letting his dad take the fall as Normtide alludes too. Anybody who watched USC on a regular basis knows the DC needed to go regardless of his relationship. It would also be nice if they also need to start tackling in practice.

    If Lane doesn’t get it turned around he will also be gone. The boosters are no going to allow this program to turn into FSU. (Win the office season recruiting and lose during the regular season).

  22. omniusprime says: Nov 30, 2012 9:07 AM

    Good riddance to Monte Kiffin and his worthless Tampon 2 defense. Now USC has a chance to bring in a real defensive guru. I just hope the Raiders don’t sign this clown.

  23. pdcooper08 says: Nov 30, 2012 9:16 AM

    Hey Irish fan, can I say, when’s the last time your team has beaten the Trojans in your own house? Can’t remember can you. You got score board this year, but you need to start winning a few at home before you start talking crap.

  24. coolhorn46 says: Nov 30, 2012 9:26 AM

    Unfortunately for USC, the wrong Kiffin is leaving. He’s the one who actually, you know, knows how the coach.

  25. stoptrippn says: Nov 30, 2012 10:30 AM

    Please go to the bengals. you can get Dunlap and Mays in the pro bowl

  26. friarjack61 says: Nov 30, 2012 10:49 AM

    It isn’t always the coach, who is at fault. It could be the ‘so called high caliber’, player(s) who was/were recruited. Too many ego’s on a ‘team’, reduces the ability to play, as a team. The individual(coach), who brings the player on board, contributes to all the failure, and well as any success.

  27. phillyphan72 says: Nov 30, 2012 11:45 AM

    He will be Eagles D coordinator next year after they hire Gruden

  28. waltrd says: Nov 30, 2012 11:50 AM

    Lane can thank his Dad for taking the rap this year, but not next year. He will need to joint the pro ranks after next season too. And that will be good for USC.

  29. waynefontes says: Nov 30, 2012 12:33 PM

    pdcooper08 says:
    Nov 30, 2012 9:16 AM
    Hey Irish fan, can I say, when’s the last time your team has beaten the Trojans in your own house? Can’t remember can you. You got score board this year, but you need to start winning a few at home before you start talking crap.

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    I’m far from an Irish fan, but they beat you in your house with an amazing goal line stand. Domers (as unbearable as they can be) have a right to say what they want.

    Don’t worry, he’ll be able to do it for a few more years. Enjoy the Lane Kiffin reign of error.

  30. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 30, 2012 12:59 PM

    Wonder how that conversation went…

    “So dad, can you come into my office for a minute…

    Close the door behind you….”

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