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Monte Kiffin leaving USC after bowl

Updated: November 30, 2012, 2:45 PM ET
By Pedro Moura | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Monte Kiffin will resign from his post as USC's de facto defensive coordinator after the Trojans' December bowl game, he announced Thursday.

The 72-year-old Kiffin, who came to USC when his son, Lane, was hired as coach in January 2010, said in a statement he plans to pursue opportunities in the NFL. He said he made his resignation announcement now to help USC's recruiting efforts and to keep attention on the team's bowl-game preparation.

"I really enjoyed my time ...

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