As Week 5 of the college football season came to an end, so did the jobs of two big time coaches. Both Lane Kiffin of USC and Paul Pasqualoni of UConn were fired after another devastating loss by these two storybook teams.
Many argue that these two coaches were never good for the job. Kiffin was hired as a 34 year old coach who never led a team to a winning season, failing both the University of Tennessee as well as the Oakland Raiders. His status as the son of renowned defense coordinator Monte Kiffin gave him the brownie points he needed for USC to give him a chance. Many people were appalled that the school handed a National Championship program over to a young guy known for his losing records. While he did face several unfortunate sanctions due to improper gifts given to Reggie Bush before his tenure began, he still failed to coach ranked recruiting classes to winning seasons like the Trojans are used to. He was fired just hours after the 62-41 loss against Arizona State last Saturday, leaving the Trojans with a 3-2 record.
Paul Pasqualoni, along with Associate Head Coach George DeLeone, was also fired immediately after the Week 5 loss to Buffalo which left the Huskies with a 0-4 start. The Huskies are not ready to give up on their season and look forward to pushing ahead with more success. It’s argued that Pasqualoni’s method is too antiquated for the changing game of football. While he has a history of success in college football as former head coach of Syracuse, his methods are not translating into wins anymore, leading the Huskies to a 10-18 record during his tenure. A running game that used to top the nation is now last in the country with only 45.8 yards rushing per game.
So its a new beginning for the gridiron gangs of USC and UConn. Only time will tell what the second half of the season will bring for these struggling powerhouses.