October 1, 2013, 7:44 pm
The writing had been on the wall for weeks, perhaps months and finally early Sunday morning the USC Trojans cut ties with disgraced football coach Lane Kiffin. Chris Dufrense who covers college football for the Los Angeles Times joined Chad on Flight 750 Tuesday to talk about the dismissal.
“I think it was made during the 28 point third quarter by Arizona State. That kind of came out of nowhere. It was really bizarre because before going into the half, Lane Kiffin’s job was not in jeopardy. That was a 20-14 game with a defense that had just made two stops to hold ASU to field goals instead of touchdowns. But coming into the fourth quarter, he was probably fired.”
Dufrense also said that he was surprised with how quickly this whole thing escalated.
“This was building. I thought this would play out over the next five or six weeks. I thought it would sort of end up being like a leak in a balloon. This ended up being more of a pop.”
And finally Dufrense says that he thinks there’s a good chance that USC ends up going with someone who does not have current ties to the program.
“I’m not sure that Jack Del Rio is the right answer just because USC fans are saying we need one of our own to come in and clean this mess up. Pete Carroll was not one of your own. Jim Mora was not a UCLA grad and he’s done pretty well too.”
Take a listen to the great interview and be sure to stay tuned to 750thegame all season long for any developments on this situation moving forward.