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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Lane Kiffin leaving Tennessee for USC

USC has replaced departed football coach Pete Carroll with Tennessee’s Lane Kiffin, USC announced late Tuesday.

Kiffin, who served as an assistant under Carroll from 2001-06 before leaving to become the Oakland Raiders head coach, is leaving after one tumultuous season at Tennessee that saw him enrage his fellow SEC coaches, draw the ire of the NCAA and upgrade Tennessee’s talent base. Kiffin will bring his father, Volunteers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, and defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron with him. Orgeron served in those roles at USC under Carroll. He left USC after the 2004 season to become the head coach at Ole Miss.
Kiffin was scheduled to meet with Tennessee players at about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday to break the news.

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