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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jets have new version of ‘butt fumble’ in embarrassing loss to Titans

09.30.13 at 7:58 am ET

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‘€¢ The Jets entered Week 4 at 2-1, just a game behind the AFC East-leading Patriots and Dolphins, giving New York fans hope that their team could find a way to win enough games to challenge for a playoff spot.

Then the Jets went to Tennessee and, with quarterback Geno Smith turning over the ball four times, were embarrassed by the Titans, 38-13. On one play deep in New York territory, Smith tried to switch hands by going behind his back with the ball, but he lost control of it while it was on his rear end — a play some are calling the new “butt fumble” after the ball was pounced on for a touchdown by Titans defensive lineman Karl Klug.

“I was too reckless with the ball,” Smith acknowledged after two fumbles and two interceptions. “I’m extremely disappointed in the way I handled the ball. I was piss-poor.”

Added Smith: “This will never happen again.”

Asked if this comes with the territory when starting a rookie behind center, coach Rex Ryan showed his frustration.

“How many times are we going to make that excuse,” he said. “One of these days we’ve got to learn from it, and it better be soon. We’d better learn in a hurry.”

Injured QB Mark Sanchez, whose turnover issues were one of the key reasons for the Jets’ miserable 2012 season, was on hand to see Smith struggle.

“I’ve been there,” Sanchez said when asked if he was happy he wasn’t the one in the line of fire. “Believe me, I’ve been there.”

‘€¢ Lane Kiffin was fired as USC football coach following Saturday’s 62-41 loss at Arizona State, reportedly told of the decision in a meeting at Los Angeles International Airport in the early morning hours Sunday after the team arrived home.

“It’s never the perfect time to do these things, but I thought it was the right time,” USC athletic director Pat Haden said.

Kiffin lasted 3 1/2 seasons at the helm and had an up-and-down tenure marked by solid recruiting while the program was handicapped by NCAA sanctions due to the Reggie Bush violations, but also featuring a series of ethically questionable moves and comments.

“Lane did negotiate some of these things remarkably well,” Haden said. “I have supported Lane with my heart and soul for 3½ years and gave him every opportunity. He wasn’t given a fair hand in a lot of ways. I said all along, we graded on the curve, but we failed on the curve, too.”

Assistant Ed Orgeron will serve as interim coach for the remainder of the season. Names bandied about as speculated candidates include Broncos defensive coordinator (and former Jaguars head coach) Jack Del Rio and Rams coach Jeff Fisher, both of whom are USC alums, along with Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, Boise State coach Chris Peterson, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, Washington coach Steve Sarkisian, Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter and 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

‘€¢ Legendary Steelers defensive end L.C. Greenwood, a pass-rushing standout who was part of the “Steel Curtain” defense of the 1970s, died Sunday at a Pittsburgh hospital at the age of 67.

The six-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro played for the Steelers from 1969-81, winning four Super Bowls.

“L.C. was one of the most beloved Steelers during the most successful period in team history, and he will be missed by the entire organization,” Stellers chairman Dan Rooney said in a statement.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 30, 1962, which Red Sox player wrapped up the season with a .326 average to capture his second American League batting title?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We slugged it out. We came to Atlanta, which is a tough place to play and they’ve got a very good team. It’s nice to win and be 4-0.” — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, on Sunday’s 30-23 victory over the Falcons

STAT OF THE DAY: 1 — No-hitters in history to end on a walk-off wild pitch, as Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez blanked the Tigers on Sunday but needed the wild ending to secure the 1-0 victory

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): From Saturday, Kentucky runs a fake field goal for a touchdown vs. Florida.

When a tuba player in a high school marching band trips, its leads to a pileup of tuba players.

From Friday night’s MLB game in Chicago, Royals outfielder Alex Gordon climbs the fence but then realizes he doesn’t need to, and he catches Alexei Ramirez‘s fly ball on the warning track. However, the White Sox are fooled, leading to some confusion when they realize it’s not a home run.

Batting Stance Guy pays tribute to the 10 best home run trots of 2013.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Marilyn McCoo was born on this day in 1943.

Read More: Geno Smith, L.C. Greenwood, Lane Kiffin, Mark Sanchez