It's official. USC has hired a dream team to replace Pete Carroll, who left Monday to become the new coach of the Seattle Seahawks.
USC announced Tuesday afternoon that former offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, who spent last season as the Tennessee head coach, has been named the Trojans' head football coach.
Arrive in tow are Kiffin's father, Monte, and former USC recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, who were part of Kiffin's staff in Tennessee.
"We are really excited to welcome Lane Kiffin back to USC," said USC athletic director Mike Garrett. "I was able to watch him closely when he was an assistant with us and what I saw was a bright, creative young coach who I thought would make an excellent head coach here if the opportunity ever arose. I'm confident he and his staff will keep USC football performing at the high level that we expect.
"Lane brings a lot to the table. He has a coaching background both in the pros and in the best collegiate conferences. He has a great command of the X's and O's. He is familiar with the Trojan landscape and will be a great representative of our university. He keeps the game fun. And, very importantly, he has proven to be one of the finest recruiters anywhere.
"Lane has surrounded himself with others of similar talent. I can't tell you how delighted we are to have Ed Orgeron back on staff and to have Monte Kiffin join us. They are some of the pre-eminent coaches in the game. Ed did a marvelous job during his previous time at USC and we all know that Monte is a defensive guru. I know Lane will fill out his staff with other outstanding assistants like them, ones who Trojan players and fans will really like."