Interim coach Ed Orgeron was riding high Friday night after guiding USC past Oregon State, 31-14, at Reser Stadium in Corvallis. The Trojans are 3-1 under Orgeron and have a unique opportunity to win five games in November.
Image of Sport chronicled Friday night's game. There are more images after the jump and you can view the full catalog by clicking here.
USC fans used to fill the L.A. Coliseum in the Pete Carroll era. Under Lane Kiffin, those who showed filled the stadium with boos.
The unpopular coach was on the job for 43 games, the last being Saturday night's 62-41 loss at Arizona State.
His firing came early Sunday morning in a parking lot at L.A. International Airport. After players and staff had departed the team charter and boarded buses for the trip to campus, Kiffin was reportedly asked to depart. He wanted the bus to remain, but a school administrator motioned for it to depart.
Athletic director Pat Haden was waiting for Kiffin, and he told the coach that he was fired.
Kiffin, 38, compiled a 28-15 record as USC coach.
The reaction around Los Angeles is varied. Here's a sample of what they are saying:
Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times: Kiffin never really had a chance. Crippling NCAA sanctions were too much to overcome. The Trojans took only 56 scholarship plays to Saturday night's game at Arizona State, well short of the NCAA maximum of 65. It got so bad the Trojans had to play Robby Kolanz, who worked in the school's sports information office last year, at receiver.
Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin opened the 2013 season in Honolulu, where he attended Thursday night's game between USC and Hawaii. Greg saw an uninspiring performance by the Trojans, who struggled throughout a 30-13 victory.
USC returned to the mainland with questions at quarterback. Cody Kessler and Max Wittek combined to lead the team to one touchdown before the final minute.
This is the start of an amazing weekend for Greg, and we are keeping his next destination a secret. It's safe to say no college football fan can match his travels this weekend.
There are more photos from Honolulu after the jump.