Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - University of Southern California assistant
football coach Monte Kiffin announced Thursday he will resign from the
coaching staff following the team's upcoming bowl game.
Kiffin, who spent 26 years coaching in the NFL before returning to the college
ranks, said he is leaving to pursue opportunities in the NFL.
"I wanted to make this announcement now so that our players who are preparing
for the bowl game and our recruits who will be visiting campus are aware,"
Kiffin said. "I really enjoyed my time at USC and the opportunity I had to
work with our players and coaches. The chance to work for my son, Lane, was
unique and memorable, but we always treated each other professionally on a
The 72-year-old coach has 47 years of coaching experience and helped the 2002
Tampa Bay Buccaneers win a Super Bowl as their defensive coordinator.
He returned to college football in 2009 at Tennessee and then spent the past
three seasons at USC.
"I respect my father's decision and his desire to return to the NFL," USC head
coach Lane Kiffin said. "We are very appreciative of the hard work and effort
that he put in at USC these past three years. He has a tremendous passion for
coaching young men and he is a phenomenal recruiter."
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