USC fired Lane Kiffin early Sunday, ending the football coach's tumultuous tenure a few hours after the Trojans lost 62-41 at Arizona State.

Athletic director Pat Haden fired Kiffin at the Trojans' private airport terminal when the team returned from Arizona, but not before a meeting in which Kiffin tried to change Haden's mind.

"He did a lot of things well under some very difficult circumstances," Haden said. "It's never the perfect time to make a change, but this was the right time."

Ed Orgeron was named interim coach. He was Kiffin's assistant head coach and the former Mississippi head coach.

The Trojans (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12) have a bye this week before hosting Arizona on Oct. 10. Kiffin went 28-15 in his three-plus seasons at NCAA-strapped USC.

"We'll try to move forward, bonding as a Trojan family," offensive lineman Marcus Martin said.

Also, receiver Maqise Lee was diagnosed with a knee sprain and was on crutches. "I feel like I'm all right. It's just sore," said Lee, who was hurt in the fourth quarter.

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