Lane Kiffin was, unfairly, given the heave-ho this morning. Here are the details:
#waitforit RT @InsideUSC: Lane Kiffin got pulled off the team bus at Los Angeles International Airport by Pat Haden when he was fired— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) September 29, 2013
#waitforit RT @InsideUSC: I'm told Lane Kiffin told the bus to wait but then administrators told it to go back to campus without him— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) September 29, 2013
I mean, that's just rude and cruel to such a fine coach.
IN THE PARKING LOT! RT @InsideUSC: Pat Haden, J.K. McKay, Steve Lopes, Mark Jackson met with Kiffin at LAX parking lot to dismiss him— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) September 29, 2013
A tag team firing.
Brutal to fire him in public, right?
Firing at the airport is brutal but doing it and then having someone holding a boom box playing the "Curb" theme is the worst part.— edsbs (@edsbs) September 29, 2013
"Will you turn that off?" "Pat Haden told me to stand here and play it until the batteries ran out." [BWOMP BWOMP BWOMP]— edsbs (@edsbs) September 29, 2013
The players noticed:
One person on #USC team bus remarked, ``I think they fired our boy'' after Lane Kiffin pulled off by Pat Haden— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) September 29, 2013
Rumors that cheering erupted from the bus could not be substantiated. But probably real.
@insideUSC who is Scott Wolf at the LA Daily News has a fairly obvious beef with Kiffy (probably due to getting booted from watching practice, even if he claims he doesn't hate Kiffy) and his entire timeline is just a riot this morning. He's spilling all the dirt he can.
The players weren't a huge fan of Kiffy, if this is to be believed:
A party last year at Lane Kiffin's house in Manhattan Beach backfired when players found opulent nature of house a turn off #USC— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) September 29, 2013
Some #USC players tell me they resented how Lane Kiffin only focused on certain players, like former QB Matt Barkley— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) September 29, 2013
Apparently some of the players were just aghast at the cost of the pillows at Kiffy's house. Hello Kitty pillows are that expensive?
Who do we have to thank? GlassesRef!
I do what I do.RT@Salmon82: @GlassesRef finally finished the job! He got Lane Kiffin fired!He knew all those flags would do it!#morefacetime— Glasses Ref (@GlassesRef) September 29, 2013
One alum has chimed in:
Damn. So they fired Kiffin at LAX & had the buses leave him there???? Lmao!!! Not laughing at a man getting fired but damn Hayden not playin— Jarrad Page (@JarradPage44) September 29, 2013
Haden. My bad, but then again it's Southern Cal so I dont really give a d*** if I misspelled it. Lmao.— Jarrad Page (@JarradPage44) September 29, 2013
Haden: "bro, where r u going?" Kiffin: "getting on the bus!" Haden: "naw naw naw! See, what I said was ur ass is fired! That's a team bus!"— Jarrad Page (@JarradPage44) September 29, 2013
Some final thoughts, one from our own Ryan:
Lane Kiffin's first call after being fired: "Daddy, can you come pick me up from the airport?"— Ryan Rosenblatt (@RyanRosenblatt) September 29, 2013
Lane Kiffin has now worked his way up to assistant manager here. Monte's back cooking the wings.— Jay Busbee (@jaybusbee) September 29, 2013
In the LAX parking lot? Yikes. Still, it could've been worse for Lane. They could've dumped him via text message too.— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) September 29, 2013
When they fired Robinson, they left a message on his answering machine.
Guess USC doesn't want to win national championships. Fools.— Dan on Fire (@DanOnFireWSBN) September 29, 2013
I just wanted to include this in here, because of how much we all hate Seth Davis:
We all know Lane had to go. But pulling him off the bus at LAX? Really? Stay classy Pat.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) September 29, 2013
Gross. Best of luck to Kiffy, he provided mountains of entertainment for us. It's so unfortunate to see a coach of his caliber go.