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Lane Kiffin: USC should hire Ed Orgeron

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Add Lane Kiffin to the swell of support for Ed Orgeron at USC.

The ex-USC coach said on a Los Angeles radio station Thursday that Orgeron, who’s piloted the Trojans into the top 25 since Kiffin was fired in late September, should be the program’s next coach.

“Ed has done the Pete Carroll thing to the fullest,” he said.

Orgeron is one of 16 finalists for the Maxwell Coach of the Year, and he blew away our CFT coach of the year poll with 41 percent of the vote (Duke’s David Cutcliffe was second with 10 percent).

Since taking over for Kiffin, Orgeron is 5-1 with a solid win at Oregon State and a BCS-altering victory last weekend against Stanford. His only loss came in a war of attrition at Notre Dame, which didn’t affect USC’s chances of playing for a Pac-12 title. A win at Colorado this weekend would set USC up for a possible Pac-12 Championship play-in game against UCLA at the Coliseum.

CFT’s Chris Huston laid out the argument against hiring Orgeron, though passing on him would create a short-term PR nightmare for Pat Haden. Of course, if the guy Haden hires — Kevin Sumlin, Chris Peterson or someone else — brings USC back to its Pete Carroll-era prominence, the Coach O support would die out quickly.

The Kiffin era seems like ages ago, even though it hasn’t even been two months since his dismissal. He was asked if he had any regrets, and offered this response:

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18 Responses to “Lane Kiffin: USC should hire Ed Orgeron”
  1. polegojim says: Nov 21, 2013 2:38 PM

    Ed or DelRio

    Ed is getting it done, but I think long term DelRio.

  2. jdillydawg says: Nov 21, 2013 2:41 PM

    This may be the one edorsement that kills Coach O’s chances…

  3. numbr4stuna says: Nov 21, 2013 2:49 PM

    Congratulations Ed Orgeron. With you getting Kiffin’s recommendation, you are guaranteed to be on the way out the door.

  4. overratedgators says: Nov 21, 2013 3:09 PM

    I really don’t care who USC hires, but since there probably won’t be many more times to say this on CFT, I’ll oblige: “Lane Kiffin Sucks!”

  5. asimonetti88 says: Nov 21, 2013 3:11 PM

    Huge Trojans fan, but I think Cutliffe is the Coach of the Year for what he’s done at Duke this year.

    I’d like to see Coach O stay, he’s getting it done.

  6. whoisedgy says: Nov 21, 2013 3:15 PM

    Kiss of death.

  7. drummerhoff says: Nov 21, 2013 3:41 PM

    I’m wondering if the USC players are playing so well because they love Ed O or really really hate Kiffen?

  8. henryd3rd says: Nov 21, 2013 3:47 PM

    First Rick Neuheisel and now Lane Kiffen? Now way Coach Ed Orgeron gets that job at USC.

  9. sdemp says: Nov 21, 2013 4:42 PM

    Thanks for your input Lame.

  10. lance227 says: Nov 21, 2013 5:25 PM

    All things being equal, I think a better move is for Oregon ed to hire Ed Orgeron!

  11. mogogo1 says: Nov 21, 2013 5:28 PM

    This endorsement kills all chance of getting the job. And Lane should have realized that and said nothing if he really wanted to help the guy out. But, the close ties to Kiffin were bound to torpedo his chances eventually. Nobody dumps a Lane Kiffin to hire somebody he had on staff. It’s guilt by association, because he was right there for all the bad stuff that happened before.

  12. jkaflagg says: Nov 21, 2013 5:42 PM

    I will say this: Kiffin was the guy who followed Carroll and was charged with “cleaning up” his perceived excesses, I.e., “outsiders” hanging around practice, etc. Coach O appears to be under no such requirement….given the recent USC discontent with the light punishments given Miami, Oregon, Ohio State etc., it appears that celebrating the. Carroll years is no longer verboten. Doesn’t excuse Kiffin’s failures, but Orgeron has had a free pass this year; it will be interesting to see how Haden plays it…

  13. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 21, 2013 6:06 PM

    The former coach and cross town rivals endorse EO. The only thing that could be worse for Ed is a letter of support for Ed sent to Hayden and signed by all the other coaches in the Pac 12

  14. fpstratton says: Nov 21, 2013 6:45 PM

    Even though I was not thrilled with Lane Kiffin, I think some people are being unfair. In fact, Lane Kiffin is in a perfect position to assess whether ot not Orgeron is a good fit because coach “O” has so many attributes that his predecessor did not. In hindsight, Lane Kiffin is intelligent enough to realize where he went wrong, and Orgeron has shown some of the characteristics that make for a good coach at USC. I don’t think people’s dislike of Kiffin should obscure the fact that his opinion on this particular topic is very valid.

  15. fpstratton says: Nov 21, 2013 6:47 PM

    I don’t know why some people continue to give Jack Del Rio so much love. The guy has never impressed me as a head coach. His game decisions at Jacksonville were often preposterous.

  16. kdbroom says: Nov 21, 2013 7:07 PM

    CEO = HUGE mistake.

  17. boisehockeyref says: Nov 21, 2013 8:15 PM

    Coach O shoukd get the job…because it won’t be Chris Peterson. He can stay right here at Boise State, where he’s happy. And so are we. The end…

  18. mrsmell says: Nov 21, 2013 8:23 PM

    As much as Coach Ed deserves a chance, USC needs to rid themselves of anything related to Kiffin. If next year proves to be a bust, USC will be set back even farther.

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