LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lane Kiffin says while leaving Tennessee was difficult, Southern California was the “perfect fit” for him.
The 34-year-old Kiffin left the Volunteers after one 7-6 season and was introduced Monday as the new Trojans coach. He arrived late to his first news conference after being stuck in traffic.
Kiffin worked as an assistant under Pete Carroll, the coach he replaces at USC, working his way up to offensive coordinator in 2005.
He also spent 20 games as Oakland Raiders coach in 2006 and ’07.
He brings with him his father, defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, another former USC assistant under Carroll.
Kiffin says his first priority is to run a clean and disciplined program.