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                    === Monte Kiffin to resign from USC ===
 
 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
 coach-to-coach basis."
 
 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."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 11/29 21:50:46 ET