Head coach Lane Kiffin of the USC Trojans reacts during the college football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Tempe, Arizona.
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PHOENIX - Remember that game between USC and ASU? The one where the Sun Devils won 62-41 and then USC fired their head coach Lane Kiffin the next day?
Well in a surprise interview, Kiffin joined ESPN’s “College GameDay” show on Saturday morning where he called his firing “very difficult.”
Kiffin told the crew that he has made mistakes in each of his coaching stops and that he understood the decision that USC athletic director Pat Haden had to make.
"Obviously I'm to blame being the head coach," he said. "There are a lot of things I should've done better. At the same time, I'm very proud of our time there. If you look at what sanctions do to major programs like an Alabama, to be 28-15, there's some good stuff in there, and there are some great kids that are still playing really hard.
"To see the way they played the other night was awesome. I was so proud of those kids and that coaching staff. For Coach O [interim coach Ed Orgeron] to get that win like that, it was really cool to see."
After Kiffin was hired, the NCAA handed down sanctions on the program that included the loss of 30 scholarships and two bowl trips as punishment for the Reggie Bush extra-benefits case.
Haden fired Kiffin on Sept. 29 at the Trojans' private airport terminal in Los Angeles. Kiffin's overall record in four years at USC was 28-15.
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