USC Trojans fired coach Lane Kiffin not six hours after dropping to 3-2 after a blowout loss to Arizona State.

Trojans athletic director Pat Haden broke the news to Kiffin after the team's charter-flight arrival back in Los Angeles early Sunday morning after the 62-41 loss at Tempe, Ariz., the school said in a statement on its website.

Trojans assistant head coach Ed Orgeron will be named interim coach, a source told ESPN's Joe Schad. Orgeron is also USC's recruiting coordinator and defensive-line coach.

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ESPN's Shelley Smith tells Ian O'Connor about USC's decision to fire Lane Kiffin. Smith says Kiffin was notified after the flight home from the Trojans' loss to Arizona State.

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USC has lost seven of its past 11 games dating to last year and both of its first two in Pac-12 play this season.

Kiffin's overall record in four years at USC was 28-15.

Haden will hold a news conference at USC on Sunday afternoon, the school said. The specific time and location of the event was unknown.

According to the Los Angeles Daily News, Haden met with advisers Saturday during a 28-0 Arizona State run in the third quarter, and that's when it was decided to dismiss Kiffin.

Kiffin was pulled off the team bus in a parking lot at Los Angeles International Airport by Haden for a brief meeting with the AD and several other school administrators and was told he was fired, the Daily News reported.

Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio is expected to emerge as a candidate to replace Kiffin, NFL sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

Kiffin had been retained for 2013 despite the Trojans' three-game skid to end last season while losing five of their last six. That included a 38-28 loss to crosstown rival UCLA, a 22-13 defeat to then-No. 1 Notre Dame and a Hyundai Sun Bowl setback to Georgia Tech, 21-7, on New Year's Eve to cap the season.

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