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Monte Kiffin Resigns As USC Defensive Coordinator

No more father-son.

USC defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin announced Thursday he will resign following the Trojans bowl game "to pursue opportunities in the NFL."

According to the USC Athletic Site, Kiffin said he wanted to make the announcement so that USC players who are preparing for the bowl game and USC recruits who will be visiting campus are aware of his resignation. "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 coach-to-coach basis," said Kiffin. 

Lane Kiffin praised his father's passion for coaching and talent as a recruiter. "I respect my father's decision and his desire to return to the NFL. We are very appreciative of the hard work and effort that he put in at USC these past three years," the younger Kiffin said about his father. The timing of Kiffin's resignation will allow USC to move forward in finding a new coach.

Monte Kiffin has 47 years of coaching experience, including 26 years (1983-2008) in the NFL, where he was a member of 13 playoff teams and was the defensive coordinator of Tampa Bay's 2002 Super Bowl champs. He returned to the college coaching ranks in 2009 at Tennessee and then spent the past three seasons at USC. Monte has served as a defensive coordinator at the NFL or college level since 1995. He recently came under scrutiny recently as USC struggled down the stretch, including giving up the highest points total in Trojans history to Oregon.

"Although things didn't always go as well as we would have liked this year from a defensive and win-loss standpoint, I will leave USC with the utmost respect for the University, the Trojan Family and, most importantly, the players I had the good fortune to coach," Monte Kiffin said. "I see great things ahead for the USC football program."