Official: Lane Kiffin To Take Over As USC Coach

UPDATE: Kiffin will brief the media at 9:30p ET. USC’s official release.

An AFCA-based source told me tonight that Lane Kiffin will most likely be hired as the next football coach of the USC Trojans.

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(Kiffin was an assistant at USC under Pete Carroll)

I got word about 8pm ET.

The move comes as a surprise to me, as it is well-known that Kiffin isn’t the most popular man at Heritage Hall among USC staffers. Though if Monte Kiffin is running the defense and Ed Orgeron is running the recruiting, it does make sense. I guess.

UPDATE: Joe Schad reports: “USC has hired Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin, sources say.

UPDATE: Chris Low of reports: “Tennessee’s Lane Kiffin has agreed in principle to become the next head coach at Southern California, sources close to the situation told’s Chris Low on Tuesday.