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Pac-12: USC's firing makes Whittingham South's longest-tenured coach

I'll go ahead and declare myself as one person who did not see this coming: USC's in-season firing of coach Lane Kiffin.

The irony of the school's move early Sunday is that Kiffin's offense finally showed signs of life Saturday night, but the previously solid defense - the group that held Chuckie Keeton and Utah State to 14 points - crumbled in a 62-41 loss at Arizona State.

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So since Utah joined the Pac-12 South in 2011, there have been coaching changes at USC, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State and Colorado. Yes, that makes the Utes' Kyle Whittingham the dean of Pac-12 South coaches.

While questions remain about Colorado's future, anyone would have to say the new coaches have done well at those other schools. The immediate question is how the firing will affect USC the rest of this season, considering the Utes visit the Los Angeles Coliseum on Oct. 26.

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Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
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California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal football: Espitia hopes he's found home at linebacker
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» Local digest: Saint Mary's men's golf leads at WCC tournament
» Cal names Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin as new basketball coach

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Colorado Classics: Darian Hagan, former CU Buffs quarterback
» CU Buffs backup QB Jordan Gehrke impresses during spring drills
» Fleet freshman receivers shine in CU Buffs' spring game
» Spring games are important, Colorado's Mike MacIntyre says

Oregon (The Oregonian)
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» See the equipment Oregon football uses, Trail Blazers will send No. 24 pick to Charlotte: The Oregonian sports top 5 (links)
» Oregon's Trevor Dunbar finishes second in a fast 5,000 at Mt. SAC
» Jeff Gold wins again as Oregon grabs hold of third place with 6-3 victory over Washington State

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
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» Oregon State's tournament success caps a remarkably quick turnaround
» OSU gymnastics: Beavers headed to Penn State for NCAA regionals
» OSU wins seventh straight racquetball national title

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Stanford's Olympic diving coach Rick Schavone retires
» Local digest: Longtime Stanford diving coach Rick Schavone is retiring
» Local digest: Saint Mary's men's golf leads at WCC tournament
» Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike is WNBA's top overall draft pick

UCLA (Los Angeles Daily News)
» UCLA Football Notebook: Running back Malcolm Jones loses appeal for extra season
» College Football: Position coach Adrian Klemm says UCLA offensive line a work in progress
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Improving UCLA has questions to answer during preseason football camp
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UCLA's prized recruit Eddie Vanderdoes cleared to play by NCAA after leaving Notre Dame

USC (Los Angeles Daily News)
» USC Football Notebook: Marqise Lee's injury not too serious
» USC Football Notebook: QBs Max Wittek, Cody Kessler present dilemma for Trojans coach Lane Kiffin
» USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel thinks Trojans might not miss QB Matt Barkley
» USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Dion Bailey says it's 'now or never'

Washington (Seattle Times)
» No. 6 UW baseball clinches series win against California
» Young UW QBs look to spring forward
» Huskies split twin bill with Arizona State
» Gonzaga, WSU amend terms of series

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Saturday morning Pac-12 links
» WSU picks up a cornerback recruit
» WSU AD Bill Moos on Gonzaga series and more
» At least they are still playing



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