Monte Kiffin Resigns from USC Coaching Staff, Will Aim to Find NFL Job

| by Alex Groberman

USC assistant Monte Kiffin resigned from the Trojans’ coaching staff on Thursday night. The move was inevitable, and not the last big change we will see from this massively underachieving program over the next few months.

''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,'' Kiffin said in a statement.

“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. Although things didn't always go as well as we would have liked this year from a defensive and win-loss standpoint ... I see great things ahead for the USC football program.''

A horrible defense was one of the many problems that USC had this season. The Trojans gave up 62 points to Oregon a few weeks ago, and at least 38 points in three of their five losses on the year.

''I respect my father's decision and his desire to return to the NFL,'' Lane Kiffin said of his dad’s resignation.

''We are very appreciative of the hard work and effort that he put in at USC these past three years. He has a tremendous passion for coaching young men, and he is a phenomenal recruiter. The timing of this allows us to move forward now in the hiring of a new coach.''

One Kiffin down, one to go.

(Kudos FOX Sports)

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