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USC salary data show exits by Lane Kiffin, Kevin O'Neill were costly

Lane Kiffin earned about $3.4 million in total compensation from USC before his departure

The aftermath of the Lane Kiffin and Kevin O'Neill eras at USC, which ended with their firings in 2013, proved an expensive proposition for the university after they departed.

Kiffin, who was fired after the fifth game of the 2013 football season, earned about $3.4 million in total compensation, according to the school's federal tax return for that fiscal year.

The period covers July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014. Records for the 2014-15 fiscal year were not available. USC provided the return in response to a request from The Times.

Kiffin was fired after the Trojans suffered a 62-41 loss at Arizona State in September 2013. Alabama hired him as offensive coordinator in January 2014.

Kiffin was paid a base salary of $2,169,447 by USC in fiscal 2013-14. He also earned $1,166,272 in other reportable income, $25,500 in retirement and other deferred compensation and $14,015 in nontaxable benefits.

Compensation information for Steve Sarkisian, hired as football coach in December 2013, and Andy Enfield, hired as men's basketball coach in April 2013, was not included.

USC finished 9-4 in Sarkisian's first season.

Enfield is 23-41 overall and 5-31 in Pac-12 Conference play in two seasons.

O'Neill, who was fired in January 2013 of the 2012-13 basketball season, earned $61,368 in base salary, $100,000 in bonuses and incentives, $1,438,864 in other reportable income, $12,500 in retirement and other deferred compensation and $1,009 in nontaxable benefits.

Athletic Director Pat Haden earned about $2.5 million in total compensation, about $100,000 more than the previous year.

Haden earned a base salary of $1,332,005, an additional $900,000 in bonuses and incentives, $231,167 in other reportable income, $25,500 in retirement and other deferred compensation and $21,227 in nontaxable benefits.

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