USC defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron was named interim head coach of the USC Trojan football team after Lane Kiffin was axed last Sunday. Orgeron joined Kiffin during his short tenure at Tennessee in 2009, then followed him to Los Angeles the following year. From 2005-2007, he had his only prior position as a head coach a short stay at Ole Miss. Coach O and defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast has a tough road in front of them. The Trojans have had the week off but face Arizona (3-1) at the Coliseum this Thursday night. USC still have to face Utah, Notre Dame, Oregon St, Stanford and UCLA who will all be favorites over SC. USC’s goal this season is to play hard, competitive and make a bowl game, if they can do all that they should stay in tact.
Pendergast will still call plays on defense and the offense will be now led by Clay Belton who was the QB coach. Orgeron will inherit a very tough situation in Los Angeles especially on offense, they have been less than stellar to say the less. The best weapon has been Marqise Lee and he banged up his knee versus Arizona St and is questionable versus Arizona Thursday night, that wont help Kessler at all with this anemic passing game.
“It’s my shot—it’s our shot. It’s our shot as a team. I didn’t know if I’d ever become a head coach again,” he said. “I have to coach my style. One of the things, after my previous head coaching stint, I said, you know what, if I get my chance again, I have to do it the way I want to do it.” said Ed Orgeron ”You’ve got be excited to have that in your head coach.” – Cody Kessler What Coach O is bringing to USC is pure fun and a more relaxed mode and with all the candidates and talk if USC wins ball game Coach O can keep his job.
So far I think Coach O has done a great job in his 7 days as head honcho in LA but it’s all about wins and losses I think the Trojans will be highly motivated this week and for the rest of the season. The PAC 12 is loaded so it’ll be a tough road but I think USC wins 3 or 4 more games and gets a trip to a bowl game. As far as Orgeron I hope he remains on staff as a lineman coach and recruiter because that’s what he’s great at. He’s truly one of a kind.
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