Pat Haden: Lane Kiffin battled with me to keep his job, and I respect that
Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday September 29, 2013
USC athletic director Pat Haden detailed the process of firing Lane Kiffin at a press conference on Sunday, one day after the Trojans fell 62-41 at Arizona State.
He also officially announced that defensive line / assistant head coach Ed Orgeron would take over as interim head coach.
“This has been a hard day for all of us inside USC athletics,” Haden said to open. “For me personally, this is not the most fun part of the job, but it indeed is part of the job. My job is to do what I think is best for USC, and this decision I’ve made this morning, I believe, is best for USC.”
It was also confirmed that Kiffin was fired at the airport. The Trojans got on the plane at 1 a.m. PT, and Kiffin was told that Haden wanted to meet with him. The plane landed at 3 a.m., and the two met for 45 minutes, where Kiffin fought to keep his job.
“Lane was clearly disappointed,” Haden said. “He’s a great recruiter. He battled me. He really, really tried to keep his job, and I respect him for that. I would have respected him less if he didn’t. At the end of the day, I think it was the right decision.
“Within about 30 minutes, we had sent a text out to our football team, telling them there was going to be change, that we were going to have a team meeting here this morning at 11 o’clock. This was technically a day off for our team. We let them sleep in a little bit and have them come in at 11 o’clock.”
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