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Marqise Lee surprised by timing of Kiffin’s firing

Marqise Lee, Lane Kiffin AP

Nursing an injured knee, All-American Marqise Lee will now be forced to deal with an interim head coach for what’s expected to be his final season at USC.

The star wide receiver addressed the firing of Lane Kiffin early this morning, telling the Los Angeles Times it was “rough” hearing the news.  Like most, Lee was surprised by the timing of the dismissal, although he didn’t seem overly shocked that his now-former head coach actually got the ax.

“I didn’t think, if it was going to happen, that it would happen early,” Lee told the Times. “My whole thinking was finishing out the season at least. I don’t know. Now we just see where we go from here. I don’t know what to expect. …

“Everybody’s just like, ‘We don’t know as far as coaching-wise how that works.'”

At least for the remainder of the season it will work with assistant coach Ed Orgeron assuming the role of head coach until a permanent successor is found, presumably after the regular season.  At a press conference that’s been called for 4 p.m. ET this afternoon, athletic director Pat Haden will address Kiffin’s dismissal, and is expected to confirm during the course of that conversation with the media that Orgeron will indeed serve as the interim head coach.

A meeting with the players is also scheduled to take place, likely before Haden’s press conference.

As for Lee’s health, the paper reported that the receiver was walking around campus with the aid of crutches.  It’s yet to be determined the severity of the injury and what if any game time he may miss.

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3 Responses to “Marqise Lee surprised by timing of Kiffin’s firing”
  1. rascalmanny says: Sep 29, 2013 3:53 PM

    Vols fans sing in celebration. So much for that “dream job” huh buddy?

    May Lane suffer for as long as the Vols do…and more. Most deserving.

  2. normtide says: Sep 29, 2013 5:14 PM

    I’m no fan of Lane, but UT fans should be over that by now. He probably did you a solid by bolting. Coaches change jobs. Coach Fran left Bama for A&M, in much the same way. I was upset at first, but I had to move on. I want a coach that WANTS to be with my team. UT’s problems today are a result of their own decisions. I think Jones will set things right. As for Lane, the man lost his job. He doesn’t deserve to be burnt at the stake. Some one hired him at everyone of those jobs he didn’t deserve. I would wish him luck, but he has a beautiful family and plenty if money. Things could be worse for him.

  3. billmead1976 says: Sep 29, 2013 6:48 PM

    Marquis Lee is done. He’s had his 15 minutes of fame.

    Speed, talent are there. He’s gotten ahead if himself and doeant realiE that he benefitted from Four year starter throwing to him last year and Lame infatuated with the homeboy.

    New coach = less infatuation with Lee.

    Lee is destined to be the next Peter Warwick, R Jay Soward, etc.

    Too small to make it in the bigs and not good enough.

    Late 2nd round at best.

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