Not a good week for the Kiffin family

Chris Dufresne takes time out each Friday during the season to answer questions on college football. Among this week's topics: combustible coaching situations plus below-standard cheating in the SEC.

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USC Coach Lane Kiffin didn't have the easiest of weeks after the Trojans' loss to Washington State, but his fortunes could change with a strong performance against Boston College on Saturday. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / August 29, 2013)

Unbuckling the mailbag:

Question: Which Kiffin is having a worse week? Lane: Washington State loss plus secret team meeting. Monte: Viewing Eagles game.

Twitter: @Mike Jelline

Answer: I'm going with Lane. I couldn't imagine going through what Kiffin endured last Saturday night.

Well, yes I can. Sort of.

I was in a high school play where kids threw Junior Mints and other stuff at me during all five performances — but that still wasn't as bad as getting booed by an entire Coliseum crowd.

I'm sure watching the Eagles must have sent shivers through Monte Kiffin's defensive zone as he contemplated having to face Chip Kelly's offense twice a year in the NFC East.

But at least Monte Kiffin, now the Dallas Cowboys' defensive coordinator, got to celebrate a big win over the New York Giants. Kiffin's Cowboys gave up 450 yards passing in a 36-31 win, but the defense made six take-aways.

The only thing USC fans want taken away right now is Lane Kiffin.

Q: How often are college football coaches fired during the season?

Karl Bromley

A: Off the top of my head I can only think of two … this week.

Texas Coach Mack Brown dismissed defensive coordinator Manny Diaz last Sunday after the Longhorns gave up 550 yards rushing in a loss at Brigham Young. And a couple of days ago, Grambling fired Doug Williams after the team's 0-2 start.

It doesn't happen often.

Arizona canned John Mackovic as head coach in 2003, five games into his third season after a 1-4 start. He was 10-18 and the Wildcats had lost 12 straight Pac-10 home games.

The year before, Arizona players staged a mutiny in protest of Mackovic's harsh coaching tactics. Forty players stormed the university president's office, but Mackovic made an emotional apology and was allowed to stay.

Mike Price was fired in 2002 before ever coaching a game at Alabama for strip-club conduct detrimental to the university. George O'Leary resigned at Notre Dame a few sunsets after he was hired for making stuff up about his life and putting it in his biography.

Weirdest times for a firing?

Bobby Petrino was fired by Arkansas in April 2012 after falling off a motorcycle with his mistress. Jim Tressel got spit-roasted by Ohio State on Memorial Day 2011 after NCAA rules violations.

Michigan also accepted Gary Moeller's resignation in May — of 1995 — after he punched a police officer in the chest after one too many pops (not soda) in a bar. He was replaced by Lloyd Carr, who led Michigan to the Associated Press share of the 1997 national title.

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