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Support for Orgeron flooding USC AD Pat Haden

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The search for USC’s next coach is officially underway with athletics director Pat Haden already having an interview with Denver Broncos assistant (and interim head) coach Jack Del Rio, but with the Trojans turning their season around and coming off an upset of Stanford, the support for the removal of the interim tag on Ed Orgeron is growing.

“I had 136 pro-Coach O emails today,” Haden said in a radio interview on KFWB-AM Tuesday night, according to ESPN LA. “Those were just emails. That doesn’t count the tweets, letters and phone calls.”

Orgeron has changed the attitude of the football program in a pretty short period of time since taking over as interim head coach following the dismissal of former head coach Lane Kiffin. USC is 5-1 since Orgeron took over and the Trojans still have an outside chance to play for a Pac 12 championship, although this puts USC fans in the awkward situation of having to root for crosstown rival UCLA this weekend against Arizona State. USC has held four of their opponents to fewer than 20 points under Orgeron after giving up 61 in Kiffin’s final game. Orgeron was just named a semi-finalist for the Maxwell Football Club’s Coach of the Year Award and there could be more coaching honor considerations headed his way.

“What Ed has done has been absolutely remarkable,” Haden said in the same radio interview. “He is clearly in our eyesight. We understand. It’s not just the fans. We’re sophisticated enough and know enough about this to understand the attributes that he has, and he’s a known quantity.”

There are some pros and cons to Orgeron as a head coach at USC, and if USC keeps winning he will continue to gain support from USC fans and alums, but will he be the best candidate for the job out there?

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17 Responses to “Support for Orgeron flooding USC AD Pat Haden”
  1. chc4 says: Nov 20, 2013 6:27 PM

    He was a disaster in the SEC. 0-8 conference record in his last season at Ole Miss. But he can recruit so if he surrounds himself with good assistants he just may be ok. In the Pac-12 that is.

  2. jdillydawg says: Nov 20, 2013 6:57 PM

    I keep hearing about what a disaster Coach O was at Ole Miss. I haven’t met a truly successful person anywhere who didn’t fail spectacularly somewhere along the way.

    USC, and many others, seem to think that hiring a big name is the answer. What USC ultimately wants is to win.

    Ironically, that’s exactly what Coach O is doing. Winning.

  3. mogogo1 says: Nov 20, 2013 7:08 PM

    Can anyone recall another case where a guy was fired after as disastrous a tenure as Kiffin had and one of his assistants got the permanent job afterwards? It’d be pretty remarkable if Orgeron could escape that stain, particularly since he coached for Kiffin not just at USC but at Tennessee, as well.

    The mere fact that was willing to repeatedly work with Kiffin brings his judgment into question. Every negative associated with Kiffin, from the NCAA troubles at Tennessee, to the general lack of sound strategy and preparation at USC came while Orgeron was a top assistant. It’ll be tough to totally dismiss that reality.

  4. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 20, 2013 7:18 PM

    Good job on the interim HC pick, Pat…maybe too good.

  5. sssjim7 says: Nov 20, 2013 7:28 PM

    I dunno… maybe he learned something new there… maybe he just likes it better there… or maybe he hasn’t had to play Alabama, LSU, Florida, Georgia, Auburn, and South Carolina all in a row…

    Whatever it is, it seems to be working for now… give the guy a chance… there are 1 year contract with bonus incentives if he does well…

    just my .0~Jim

  6. huskywolverine says: Nov 20, 2013 7:42 PM

    “USC should definitely hire him.”

    Sincerely,

    The rest of the Pac-12

  7. dcroz says: Nov 20, 2013 8:27 PM

    Orgeron has had a nice run this year, but keep in mind that hiring the popular assistant to replace the recently-departed head coach rarely works for long. Ask West Virginia about how it made an emotional hire of Bill Stewart after he led the Mountaineers to a huge win over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl right after Rich Rodriguez left for Michigan, then watched the program unravel under him and has yet to recover from his tenure. USC needs to do the best thing for itself and thank Orgeron for his service at the end of the season, then take its checkbook for a walk and get a fresh start with the best coach they can get to come to LA.

  8. kdbroom says: Nov 20, 2013 8:28 PM

    The objective college football fan in me says USC will make a HUGE mistake by hiring Coach Yaw Yaw. This is coming from an SEC fan and an Ole Miss grad. His tenure at Ole Miss was one debacle after another, and his final season was horrible (LSU kneeling down with the ball inside the 5-yard line, showing pity, with plenty of time still left in the game? Come on!).

    The USC hater in me says go ahead and hire him. The rest of the college football world will enjoy seeing USC remain irrelevant for years to come.

  9. firehouse70 says: Nov 20, 2013 8:56 PM

    I can’t remember the last time Ole’Miss even made noise in the SEC., it was his first head coaching gig in the toughest conf in college football and it was at OLE MISS.., he would have all the resources at USC and young men love playing for him. As long as he surrounds himself with good asst I think Coach O has earned another shot at a head gig.

  10. soundsofsuccess7 says: Nov 20, 2013 8:57 PM

    I don’t see why not. He doesn’t call any plays- he isn’t really a huge figure. He is the rah-rah guy, he is the recruiter. The offense hasn’t been doing well because of him, but Clay Helton. Same with Clancy Pendergast and the defense. Continuity is huge, and these assistants are proving they can run their sides of the ball well. They’re just as important as Orgeron- as long as the whole machine is working, why change it?

  11. kdbroom says: Nov 20, 2013 9:02 PM

    Correction….actually, that kneel down was against Houston Nutt’s Ole Miss team, but CEO still had an 0-3 record against LSU, and lost 41-24 in his final game against them.

  12. pike573 says: Nov 21, 2013 12:43 AM

    Remember Bill Belichick in Cleveland?

  13. jdillydawg says: Nov 21, 2013 12:59 AM

    mogog1 – “you said It’d be pretty remarkable if Orgeron could escape that stain, particularly since he coached for Kiffin not just at USC but at Tennessee, as well.”

    Orrrrrrrr…maybe coach O knew Kiffin was a dope the whole time, but why shoot the horse while it’s still runnin’? So he bails from Tennessee to USC, I think most would say that was a step up. Coach O, being patient, simply waited his turn.

    Yeah, maybe he got lucky. But a little luck never hurt anybody.

    Hey, I like underdog stories. His is kinda cool. Who knows if Mickey Mouse could have done what he’s done these past five games (simply because the players would have played better under anybody than Kiffin), but the fact is, he’s the guy in charge right now and he gets all the credit. Kinda cool.

  14. boomgrounder says: Nov 21, 2013 4:05 AM

    When was the last time Ole Miss won the SEC? Seriously, I wouldn’t hold his his SEC Ole Miss record against him. But having said that interim HC is totally different than HC. WVU found out with Bill Stewart immediately it just wasn’t the same . Even though Stewart had decent success his enthusiasm touted during his interim success fell on deaf ears while he was HC. It just got old real fast. You can only “feel good” for so long. It’s tough for an interim coach taking over who had immediate success because he better continue with success or he will be out the door real quick. He won’t get as much leeway as a new hire might get.

  15. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Nov 21, 2013 11:27 AM

    mogogo1 says:
    Nov 20, 2013 7:08 PM
    Can anyone recall another case where a guy was fired after as disastrous a tenure as Kiffin had and one of his assistants got the permanent job afterwards? It’d be pretty remarkable if Orgeron could escape that stain, particularly since he coached for Kiffin not just at USC but at Tennessee, as well.

    The mere fact that was willing to repeatedly work with Kiffin brings his judgment into question. Every negative associated with Kiffin, from the NCAA troubles at Tennessee, to the general lack of sound strategy and preparation at USC came while Orgeron was a top assistant. It’ll be tough to totally dismiss that reality

    Well if nothing else he learned how not to do it.

  16. dmvtransplant says: Nov 21, 2013 12:00 PM

    @ jdillydawg

    “I keep hearing about what a disaster Coach O was at Ole Miss. I haven’t met a truly successful person anywhere who didn’t fail spectacularly somewhere along the way.”

    Neither Urban Meyer or Nick Saban ever had a losing record at the college level.

  17. wgfinley says: Nov 21, 2013 11:43 PM

    I seem to remember Doug Collins getting fired by the Bulls and they brought in his assistant. Damn, what was the guy’s name ? Oh yeah, Phil Jackson. People also seem to forget Pete Carroll didn’t exactly have a glowing record when he took over.

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