USC Football: Five Things We Learned During the Bye Week

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Sep 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; USC Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin reacts during the first half against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

1) Lane Kiffin is out

Pat Haden moved swiftly following the loss to Arizona State last week and fired Kiffin as soon as the Trojans touched down in Los Angeles. The timing of the firing wasn’t just about the loss. It was in anticipation of the bye week during which USC could adjust to losing their head coach. Firing a coach midseason is never ideal, but doing it during the bye week not only gives players time to process, but the staff the ability to start fresh. For USC, that seems especially useful considering response to the firing. Though no players expressed joy at Kiffin’s departure and they have yet to play a game without him at the helm, the positives of moving forward without the head coach seem to outweigh the negatives. That’s largely because…

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Topics: Ed Orgeron, Silas Redd, USC Trojans

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