Utah football: Five questions with a USC insider

Published: Thursday, Oct. 24 2013 12:31 p.m. MDT

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What's the current state of the team in the wake of Lane Kiffin being dismissed?

Since the firing of Lane Kiffin, the USC football team seems to be in its best spirits since the loss to Arizona during the 2012 season. That game began the slide that eventually landed with the 7-6 season.

USC interim head coach Ed Orgeron is running the program in a very different manner than Kiffin. Under Kiffin, no sweets were allowed at training table; Orgeron has cookies as far as the eye can see. With Kiffin in charge, the staff would work until the early morning hours; since Orgeron took over, everyone must be out of the office no later than 10 p.m.

Players knew Kiffin would be gone by the end of the season as did the media. By terminating him in the middle of the season, USC athletic director Pat Haden lifted a burden off his football team who constantly fielded questions about Kiffin's status.
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