USC fires Kiffin after 7th loss in 11 games

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  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 30, 2013 7:24 p.m.

    Max-was-right is totally right. If there's one thing us high class people do, it's point out how unclassy other people are. Because that is how class is defined.
    Also byu would totally donimate the PAC and are games prove it.

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    Sept. 30, 2013 12:28 p.m.

    Kiffin did not do a great job, but it is true that he was handed a team with a lot of sanctions because of the Reggie Bush mess. I think their season is pretty much over. If when they play the Utes, the Utes are only one loss, I'm actually going to be rooting for them to win. Right now there are 5 teams in the Pac 12 listed in the top 25. I'd like to see Utah move up there by going undefeated the rest of the way. Difficult I know, but should they do it, that would be huge.

    P.S. I know Texas is not in the hunt this year, but I still think it was amazing to watch what BYU they did to that team, with it's reputation as a yearly contender. I'm still mad about Texas beating USC in the National Championship game a few years ago, and loved watching Texas get wiped out. Thank you BYU for that one.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Sept. 30, 2013 12:10 p.m.

    Veritas Aequitas

    "I do not understand what BYU-Utah scores has to do with USC.

    I see Utah fans being baited.

    The fact is Coach Whit has done a great job building the program.

    I would be more worried that Whit would be invited to come and take over a program like USC."

    The voice of reason!!

    Go Utes!!

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Sept. 30, 2013 11:05 a.m.

    I do not understand what BYU-Utah scores has to do with USC.

    I see Utah fans being baited.

    The fact is Coach Whit has done a great job building the program.

    I would be more worried that Whit would be invited to come and take over a program like USC.

    If his days are numbered at Utah, it would be to go to a better situation to see what he could do with a solid recruiting class. Whit's potential is being limited staying at the U. We are lucky that he is happy and not as ambitious as an Urban Meyer was.

  • RSLfanalways West Valley, UT
    Sept. 30, 2013 9:03 a.m.

    He was not a good coach, he only beat USU by 3 points at home. Just look at how different their recuiting rank.
    USC in 2010 was ranked 1st, 2011 4th, 2012 8th, 2013 13th.
    USU in 2010 was rnaked 108th, 2011 77th, 2012 116th, 2013 104th

    With the players that USC receives they should be a lot better. And whatching that game it looked more like USU lost to a team they could of won

  • canadiancougar624 Provo, UT
    Sept. 30, 2013 8:58 a.m.

    Just wait, BYU "fans" will start saying they want Bronco fired and Kiffin hired.

    Mark it down.

  • DrUte Woods Cross, UT
    Sept. 30, 2013 8:33 a.m.

    LOL! Wishful thinking on the part of some near-sighted Blue Blogsters that Coach Whitt's situation is at risk.....

    As always, no team is guaranteed Top 25 status every year. Prior to Mora's arrival UCLA was in a down cycle; now it's USC's turn. BYU had the Golden Years under Lavell, and now has a variety of issues they are beginning to resolve.

    No one realistically believes Coach Whitt's tenure is in jeopardy. Coaching stability is a significant strength at Utah, especially considering their ability to work thru the type of injury-related adversity seen last season, as well as the advent of Coach Erickson.

    Clearly Utah's facilities, recruiting, and coaching are moving in a positive direction. Wannabee Red Haters characterizing those recent successes as posing a threat to Utah's coaching staff is simply a source of amusement to all of us on The Hill.

  • KimmyP Granstville, UT
    Sept. 30, 2013 7:43 a.m.

    @ the hawk,

    How funny is it when cougar fans talk about Ute fans being delusional over the fact Utah has won 75% of its games against the team down south in the past decade, concluding with a stretch of 4 straight, and then end their posts with something like..."don't want to knock the shine off of your delusions of dominance".

    Just keep thinking the difference in the score is all that matters, not the result of the game, and hold strong to the belief anything less than a 54-10 blowout is a moral victory. Yeah!

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    Sept. 30, 2013 7:31 a.m.

    U 90

    Max-was-right, beating BYU is the only thing they care about on the hill. As long as Kyle continues to do that, it doesn't matter whether Utah remains a conference bottom dweller or even qualifies for a bowl. Which of course begs the question, why did Hill take a two year hiatus, knowing that he'd be putting his coach at risk of not being able to salvage his mediocre, bowl-less seasons with a win over BYU?

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Sept. 30, 2013 6:23 a.m.

    Kiffin had a meteoric rise without really proving himself as a good coach. I only find it ironic that his 70+ year old dad could see the writing on the wall and left for the Cowboys.

    This situation is another example that coaching is even more important than star quality athletes. USC has plenty of "stars" but without a good coach, they struggled.

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    Sept. 29, 2013 11:01 p.m.


    You're right, 9 of 12 is not very dominant. The 51-21, 48-24 and 54-10 games were pretty close really. Sorry about all the delusion on my part.

  • tinplater scottsdale, AZ
    Sept. 29, 2013 10:22 p.m.

    As a neutral observer, Hawk, I would think 4 and 0 is dominating regardless of the score. If we could make excuses about margin of score, as a USU fan I could say we should have beaten Wisconsin, the Utes earlier this year (onside kick the difference) but it doesn't work that way. BYU is down 4 games in the last 4 and whether the total difference was 4 or 400, doesn't alter the fact that the U has owned the Y recently.

  • Hawk Littleton, CO
    Sept. 29, 2013 10:01 p.m.

    HA! U90, we won't cloud the issue with the fact that 44 of those 57 point were in a single game, meaning this rivalry has otherwise been extremely competitive over the past 5 years. Oh, but apologies -- don't want to knock the shine off of your delusions of dominance....

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    Sept. 29, 2013 5:49 p.m.

    Too bad Kiffin couldn't have stayed on until October 26.

    Max, actually beating BYU 4 years in a row by a combined 57 points probably shouldn't guarantee any Utah coach their job given the direction the Y's program is headed. I'm not sure the pollsters even consider beating BYU a quality win anymore. But hey, keep lobbing those insults.... it just makes you and your team look even more ridiculous.

  • wYo8 Rock Springs, WY
    Sept. 29, 2013 4:59 p.m.

    Poor utes the Trojans just got better and hopefully will have the act together by game time.

  • Robert Rexburg, ID
    Sept. 29, 2013 1:08 p.m.

    I'm a USC alumnus. Kiffin was doomed to fail at USC, where the opinions of high-powered alumni pull a lot of weight. They overwhelmingly didn't want him because he had no good track record. USC coach is one of the highest pressure positions in all of athletics, and I don't envy anyone in that position.

  • Fashion Police Olympus Cove, Utah
    Sept. 29, 2013 11:29 a.m.

    If ever there were a year when the Utes might have a chance of knocking off USC, this is it. Unfortunately, the Utes play UCLA instead of USC this week. The Trojans have another month to get their act together before the Utes visit the Colosseum.

  • TanMan_101 West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 29, 2013 11:17 a.m.


    Well if Whitt is on the hotseat, Bronco Mendenhall's seat must be engulfing him in flames.

    Sept. 29, 2013 11:11 a.m.

    Stay classy, Max.

  • USNGary San Diego, CA
    Sept. 29, 2013 11:06 a.m.

    He didn't have a fighting chance with the restrictions from the prior coaching staff laid on him.

  • fender Washington, UT
    Sept. 29, 2013 10:54 a.m.

    Yeah Max that works for me.

  • Max-was-right springville, UT
    Sept. 29, 2013 9:44 a.m.

    wow, if he was on the hot seat for going 0-2 in conference where does that put whitt?

    It now is very clear that Utah only has to beat BYU to stay off the hot seat, forget the pac ten record, just beat BYU, huh Dr. Hill?

  • Cincinnatus Kearns, UT
    Sept. 29, 2013 9:16 a.m.

    That was simply a matter of time. Pat Haden inherited Kiffen, didn't really like him or want him, and the 62 points that got laid on them last night by Arizona St. was the perfect excuse for Haden to act.