Lane Kiffin is still mad about USC firing: 'I wasn't graded on a fair scale'

Written By Dan Bernstein
Getty Images

Lane Kiffin is now seven years removed from being fired from his dream college football job as the head coach of USC, but he's still mad about the way things ended.

The newly appointed Ole Miss coach complained about the way the Trojans treated him in a recent episode of "The Herd" with Colin Cowherd.

Kiffin went 28-15 with USC but fell apart late in his tenure, his team going from preseason No. 1 in 2012 to losers of the Sun Bowl. He was famously fired at 3:14 a.m. on the LAX tarmac the next year.

"The thing that bothered me the most is that I wasn't graded on a fair scale," Kiffin said. We weren't 1-10. We had 30 less scholarships and when (sanctions from the last regime) hit, all your juniors and seniors can leave then you have to sign a No. 1 recruiting class in the country with kids knowing they can't play in a bowl game for two years. Everyone said I couldn't coach ... but everyone forgot about that."

MORE: How much should Chris Mack pay for Rick Pitino's missteps?

Kiffin has resurrected his career since being canned by USC. He returned to a head coach role with FIU and went 27-13 with a pair of 11-3 campaigns. His work there convinced Ole Miss to give him a high-profile job and a third chance at power conference success.

He knows what he's getting into this time with a sanction-impacted roster, though, so there can't be excuses about that hardship.

Latest News

Hoosiers chasing Ohio State's 'gold standard' with Big Ten title in mind
Bender: Indiana encore worth watching
College football realignment updates: Latest news as Texas, Oklahoma reportedly leave Big 12
College football realignment updates
A Big 12 without Texas, Oklahoma? Conference's best realignment options
Bender: Big 12 survival plan without OU, Texas
Jim Harbaugh-010120-GETTY-FTR
Michigan, Jim Harbaugh using new defense to defend against Ohio State streak, hot-seat talk
Bender: Michigan, Harbaugh love new-look defense
Big Ten, with lack of options, right to avoid expansion talk for now
Bender: Big Ten in wait-and-see mode with expansion talk