Kriffin Named USC Assistant Football Coach

Feb. 12, 2001

LOS ANGELES - Lane Kiffin, an assistant the past season with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars and the son of longtime pro and collegiate coach Monte Kiffin, has been named USC's tight ends coach, new Trojan head coach Pete Carroll announced today as he finished assembling his 9-man assistant coaching staff.

'Lane is a bright, young coach with a very promising future,' said Carroll. 'He comes from a good football background and will add a lot to our program. We're glad to have him join our staff.'

Kiffin, 25, was the defensive quality control coach for the Jaguars in 2000 (he worked with the secondary).

He began his coaching career at Fresno State, his alma mater, where for 2 seasons (1997-98) he worked with the quarterbacks, wide receivers and defensive backs.

He then was an assistant at Colorado State in 1999, working with the offensive line. The Rams played in the Liberty Bowl that season.

Kiffin was a quarterback at Fresno State for 3 seasons (1994-96).

He earned his bachelor's degree in leisure service management from Fresno State in 1998 and then attended graduate school in business at Colorado State.

He prepped at Bloomington (Minn.) Jefferson High, where he played football, basketball and baseball.

He was born May 9, 1975. His wife's name is Layla.

His father, Monte, is the defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The elder Kiffin, a longtime NFL and collegiate assistant coach who served as North Carolina State's head coach in the early 1980s, has a long history with Carroll (Carroll was as assistant on Kiffin's Wolfpack staff from 1980 to 1982, and they served as assistants together with Arkansas in 1977, the Buffalo Bills in 1984, the Minnesota Vikings from 1986 to 1989 and the New York Jets in 1990).

Kiffin will join with the previously-announced members of Carroll's staff: offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Norm Chow, secondary coach and associate head coach DeWayne Walker, running backs coach Wayne Moses, offensive line coach Keith Uperesa, inside linebackers coach Nick Holt, wide receivers coach Kirby Wilson, defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron and outside linebackers coach and special teams coach Kennedy Pola.

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