Lane Kiffin Fired Rumors: Jeff Fisher Dismisses USC Trojans Head Coach Reports Ahead Of Atlanta Falcons Game in Week 2

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Sep 12, 2013 02:37 PM EDT
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher talks to official Lynn Lawhon against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half of their NFL football game in Arlington, Texas August 25, 2012. (Photo : Reuters) "

The St. Louis Rams pulled out a nice win with a 14-point barrage in the fourth quarter over the Arizona Cardinals and after earning his first victory of the season, head coach Jeff Fisher didn't get the usual questions from reporters and instead had to brush off rumors that he would be moving to USC.

According to ESPN.com, Fisher has been brought up in some media reports as a potential candidate to be the next Trojans head coach after Lane Kiffin, as many have speculated that he could be fired after the team lost 10-6 in their first home game after defeating Hawaii to Washington State. The rumors started circulating this week and making matters worse, Kiffin denied that his team had a closed door players-only meeting, which turned out to be not true, as wideout Marqise Lee spoke to the media and said that the team did in fact hold the meeting and did not tell the coaching staff.

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The ESPN report says that Fisher brushed off the questions about the rumors from reporters this week, saying that it was only talk and there was no truth to the story. Fisher previously played college football for the Trojans back in the day and he previously was mentioned as a possible candidate back before Kiffin was first hired. The Trojans have been on a downward trend since before last season when they were ranked as the preseason number one team.

The Trojans went just 7-6 last year and they slumped to finish the season and while many thought Kiffin would be fired, athletic director Pat Haden showed his support heading into this season. Lee has been the best player for the Trojans during that run, finishing in the top in Heisman voting last year and he already got started off fast despite the loss last week, making 15 catches for 131 yards in two games, adding to his totals from last year with 118 for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns. Lee said that the players spoke about the future of the team and getting things corrected early before the season wears on and despite Kiffin not knowing, it is a good development for the Trojans.

The team did not look too good on offense against the Cougars, passing for just 54 yards and the quarterback situation with Max Wittek and Cody Kessler has been an issue for Kiffin. The team plays at home against Boston College on Saturday and the Coliseum and the Golden Eagles are already 2-0 on the year and on a bright note, the Trojans defense is ranked 19th in the nation in points against with under 12 points per game.

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