USC Football: Monte Kiffin Resigns as Defensive Coordinator

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After a season in which the USC defense finished 63rd in the nation in total defense and gave up the second most points per game in school history, in addition to giving up 730 total yards to the No. 2 Oregon Ducks, assistant head coach Monte Kiffin has resigned effective after the impending bowl game to pursue the NFL.

News of the resignation was released on the Trojans’ website, where Kiffin offered his take on the move.

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. 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.

Kiffin, the grandfather of the Tampa-2 defensive scheme, had remarkable NFL success in his long stint in the professional ranks, highlighted by winning Super Bowl XXXVII with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Following his run in the NFL, Kiffin joined his son Lane in the SEC with Tennessee Volunteers for the 2009 season and came to USC in 2010 as a tandem to replace Pete Carroll, along with Ed Orgeron.

Since USC’s defense under Carroll and Nick Holt gave up just 221 yards per game in 2008, the Trojans have lost significant footing on defense, giving up a school record 400 yards per game in 2010, a feat that could be surpassed if the Trojans give up 448 yards in the bowl game.

Despite his system being originally geared at stopping the spread offense due to undersized playmakers at linebacker, this season, the Tampa-2 has been shown to backfire, as evident with the aforementioned Oregon game, in which USC gave up the most points in school history: 62.

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