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Report: Ed Orgeron ‘outraged’ he didn’t get USC gig

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Per ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, Ed Orgeron was “outraged” he was passed over for Steve Sarkisian for USC’s head coaching gig and resigned on Monday.

McMurphy also reported Orgeron turned down a raise to stay at USC and become a part of Sarkisian’s staff. Offensive coordinator Clay Helton will coach USC’s bowl game.

It sounds like an ugly split, and one that was probably waiting to happen. Orgeron went 6-2 as USC’s interim coach after Lane Kiffin was fired in September, vaulting the Trojans back into the top 25 until Saturday’s loss to UCLA. He beat a top-five Stanford team and also topped bowl-eligible teams in Arizona and Oregon State.

Still, Orgeron lost to Notre Dame and UCLA, and it’s far from a guarantee he could’ve sustained the success he had in Los Angeles. One would figure Orgeron will find work pretty quickly though, if not as a head coach as a well-paid coordinator somewhere.

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44 Responses to “Report: Ed Orgeron ‘outraged’ he didn’t get USC gig”
  1. rolltide510 says: Dec 2, 2013 5:05 PM

    Coach O deserves another shot as a head coach IMO.

    At a school that doesn’t compete with mine for recruits.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 2, 2013 5:05 PM

    I personally think if he’d beaten UCLA, he’d be the HC right now.

  3. auburntigers34 says: Dec 2, 2013 5:08 PM

    Can’t say that I blame him. Sarkasian seems like a pretty underwhelming hire after we’d heard that USC was going to break the bank to get their guy.

  4. sportsdrenched says: Dec 2, 2013 5:15 PM

    Ya know, from waht we’ve seen on how that AD is ran. If I’m a person who has options. I’d go work somewhere else too.

  5. mogogo1 says: Dec 2, 2013 5:22 PM

    I can certainly understand disappointment, but outrage? Surely, he knew his getting the job was a longshot at best. Because when’s the last time a horribly bad coach got canned and one of his assistants got the job? Never?

    If he’d just joined the staff at USC, then maybe. But he was tied to Kiffin at the hip…came along after being the associate head coach for him at Tennessee. Simply impossible to look past that. He may make a great coach for somebody else, but no way could USC hire him after all that.

  6. thekatman says: Dec 2, 2013 5:23 PM

    Sark? He’s just another Kiffin, but a lot more personable. Meaning, he’s the HC, OC and QB Coach. Too much for one guy to deal with. he is going to have to have an OC, a big name, and a top notch pro style with some spread in it type of OC.

    Why spend a lot of money on a HC that can’t get above 7-6?
    Damn, folks!

  7. lbijake says: Dec 2, 2013 5:26 PM

    Can’t be outraged when you have been offered the opportunity to earn millions. Could have acted a little classier but it is what it is. Be outraged at children with cancer, real life.

  8. irishking says: Dec 2, 2013 5:51 PM

    I think Orgeron gave it a good run after he took over.

  9. fearthehoody says: Dec 2, 2013 5:52 PM

    Dig Southern Cal, keep digging that hole. Bruin Nation thanks you!

  10. eagles512 says: Dec 2, 2013 6:04 PM

    So screw over the kids you supposedly care about and not coach the bowl? I’m sure they’re happy about that and I can’t imagine that helps him looking for another job.

  11. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 2, 2013 6:15 PM

    Everyone knows what this move was all about. The Ogre is not “L.A.”

  12. halbert53 says: Dec 2, 2013 6:17 PM

    If he was outraged, I suspect it was less about the fact he got passed over and more about who was picked over him. An established name coach such as Sumlin, Art Briles, Mike Gundy etc. is a lot easier to swallow than hiring someone with a mediocre record like Sark even if he was in a difficult situation at UW. Haden and Sark have made their own bed; now they have to lie in it. And if Sark doesn’t work out Haden should be fired.

  13. noffy32 says: Dec 2, 2013 6:35 PM

    Sark had a sub par career in Washington, so more of the same in USC. Go figure.

  14. ryanw822 says: Dec 2, 2013 6:40 PM

    Orgeron must be a moron if he thought he was a legit candidate for the HC position. He went 10-25 at Ole Miss. 3-21 in the SEC.

    Then again its not like they made a good hire today.

  15. lowtalker says: Dec 2, 2013 7:06 PM

    Maybe Washington will hire Orgeron.

  16. gatorfan1 says: Dec 2, 2013 7:24 PM

    Everything about Orgeron seems strange. It didn’t help with his association with Kiffin at Tennessee.

    Looking back on it, that was one of the weirdest collection of coaches on a staff I’ve ever seen.

    I just remember stories about Orgeron going down the halls telling freshmen not to report to class so they could transfer to USC. And then you see the reports of his petulance today and it seems SO Kiffin like.

    Now both these guys are gone. Somewhere Alshon Jeffery is laughing his ass off!!

  17. kdbroom says: Dec 2, 2013 7:40 PM

    CEO is delusional if he thinks he deserved the USC job. If he hadn’t have been the interim coach, and had applied for the job, his resume wouldn’t have even been pulled for an interview.

  18. billmead1976 says: Dec 2, 2013 7:41 PM

    Haden figured out USC wasn’t going to beat Ucla with Mora there, so he had to create the opportunity to destroy Ucla instead of getting the best coach for USC.

    Jim Mora to UW – top of the list.

  19. joerevs300 says: Dec 2, 2013 7:48 PM

    Here’s the outrage: No longer can people just do a face-to-face and break the news. They have to go out and hire the other guy FIRST, and THEN they pull in their interim HC who pulled their streaking rocket-into-the-ground up back into the guy with a 6-2 finish. Contrary to popular belief, there is no shame in losing to ND or UCLA. They did, after all, beat Stanford. That should count for something.

    Instead, I’m sure he saw on ESPN or Twitter that he had already been replaced before this “meeting”, so he knew full-well he wasn’t getting offered the job. So WHAT if they offered him a raise as an assistant?

    Oh, and they hire a guy who has won 7, 7, 7 and 8 games in the past 4 seasons.

    Typical USC arrogance. Good luck with that one, you’ll need it.

  20. MyTeamsAllStink says: Dec 2, 2013 8:12 PM

    enjoy those Las Vegas Bowl appearances the next few years Trojan fans

  21. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 2, 2013 8:17 PM

    First of all, let’s not read into the term “outraged.” This was a one sentence twitter post and not an article. We don’t know how he reacted and this could be a move by USC to make themselves look better. I doubt he thought he had the job in the bag.

    Second, it probably was a reaction to who was chosen over him. Besides the CEO haters, can anyone really say Sark is a more proven winner at USC than CEO?

    He will probably get a good HC gig and probably didn’t want to work for Sark.

  22. peopletrains says: Dec 2, 2013 8:26 PM

    I think USC could do better than Orgeron and Sarkisian. Orgeron was really underwhelming at every other school he was at and I see Steve Mariucci 2.0 with Sarkisian.

  23. cubano76 says: Dec 2, 2013 8:49 PM

    Orgeron to UCONN

  24. metalhead65 says: Dec 2, 2013 8:56 PM

    I don’t blame him. if they had hired someone more qualified than him he might have stayed but they hired a guy who is pretty much a kiffen clone. what did he do that was so impressive at washington? he did not he did not get the job because he did not go undefeated? what kind of logic is that? there is no guarantee that sarkisian will do any better than orgeron who is a much better recruiter and who players there love and recruits know. good luck USC you will need it.

  25. tigersfandan says: Dec 2, 2013 9:06 PM

    @ the guy who said “Why spend a lot of money on a HC that can’t get above 7-6?”

    Sarkisian was 8-4 this year. I’m not saying he was a good hire, but he did get above 7-6.

  26. realfootballfan says: Dec 2, 2013 9:10 PM

    Well, so much for that theory that the Sarkisian hire would appease Orgeron to stay. Any program needing an infusion of talent better call him up and make him an offer to be the defensive line coach/head recruiter.

  27. realfootballfan says: Dec 2, 2013 9:40 PM

    USC needs to think outside the box, which is how they ended up with Pete Carroll (even if he was the fourth choice) in the first place. No one was hiring NFL coaches to go to major university programs when they made that hire. They should have looked into an energetic coach who’s cut his teeth at a lower level with good success like a Mike MacIntyre was who took the CO job a year ago after great success at San Jose state. It’s what Ohio State did when they hired Jim Tressel, what Florida did when they hired Urban Meyer, and what Stanford did when they hired Jim Harbaugh. Give someone who’s done tremendous work at a lower level their shot at the major leagues. Sometimes it doesn’t work out, but it seems like a better strategy than this, hoping against the evidence that Sarkisian is going to be a better head coach.

  28. swu32733 says: Dec 2, 2013 10:07 PM

    Sark took Washington from winless to a .500 team in five years. Time for a new coach to take UW to the next level. How about Orgeron?

  29. hubcityreb says: Dec 2, 2013 10:28 PM

    As an Ole Miss guy, I ridiculed Orgeron during his time as our HC, and wanted him gone. Then, the first two years under Houston Nutt, I was indeed thankful for the talent he had recruited, including Dexter McCluster, Mike Wallace, Michael Oher, and Peria Jerry (all in the NFL today) among others. The UCLA loss aside, he did a pretty solid job this season, taking over in a very difficult situation and with the deep cuts in scholarship players from USC’s probation stemming from the Carroll years. All of this being said, if Ed Orgeron’s old friend Hugh Freeze were to call him up asking him to come back to Ole Miss as recuiting coordinator/Assistant Head Coach, etc I’d be all for it. With Freeze and Orgeron out recruiting for Ole Miss, in two more years, we might win a national championship!

    As for Sark, UW was simply awful before he took over, and he’s made them a moderately successful program in five years. Although he was part of the Pete Carroll coaching tree at USC, along with Kiffin and Orgeron, I think they could have done better.

  30. jdbaker01 says: Dec 3, 2013 12:05 AM

    Orgeron to Texas so we can stop hearing the Saban rumors.

  31. normtide says: Dec 3, 2013 12:46 AM

    Is JJ Stankovich a pen name? No one could have a birth name that awesome.

  32. atmason says: Dec 3, 2013 2:17 AM

    Ed is not a head coach. BUT, he is the best recruiter in the country, and any team that is smart would hire him for a staff position.

  33. pistolpete0903 says: Dec 3, 2013 6:43 AM

    Had it been other teams, he would still be the coach.
    But the USC fan base doesn’t take losses to ND and their in-town rivals too nicely.

  34. big64d says: Dec 3, 2013 8:46 AM

    USC hired Sark because he still has the little black book on how to pay your players under the table and get your team to the National title game. Pete Carroll taught him all the back handed tricks to run a program and gain success and then eventually bail so others have to suffer for his crap.

  35. kastout11 says: Dec 3, 2013 9:36 AM

    Orgeron was never going to be the full time head coach of USC. I thought about Sarkisian as soon as Kiffin was fired. Orgeron is in a tough spot though. Assuming he gets a head coaching job within the next few weeks, he would have been put behing the 8 ball as far as getting recruits. He does not want to be coaching a team that he is leaving when he could be working at his new job, trying to get players and trying to put together a staff while there are still a lot of people available. He did quit on the kids though.

  36. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 3, 2013 9:44 AM

    And I guess if Sark doesn’t work out they are out of Carrol coaching tree candidates.

  37. amosalanzostagg says: Dec 3, 2013 10:08 AM

    Why didn’t USC go after Cutliffe at Duke? Or Kirby Smart?


  38. v2the4 says: Dec 3, 2013 11:26 AM

    Cutcliffe says he will retire in Durham NC….Duke will be his last coaching job…he has a 12 yr daughter and doesnt want to move her around like he did with his other kids.

    Coach O will probably land on his feet at Wake Forest, or he may sit out this year, survey the landscape and see what happens in 2014 at Florida, Illinois, Virginia, or possible openings when coaches move on to other jobs at various schools. Stay Tuned.

    Hook ‘Em

  39. modhairken says: Dec 3, 2013 12:20 PM

    Coach O, you don’t need them. They drink white wine and eat fancy French cheese before the games.

    If you want another one-year gig, come show Muschamp how to coach an offense. (And you probably ought to show him how to coach a defense, too).

    If you’re looking long term, Illinois is in a soft conference — but watch out for Urban. He’ll fake a heart attack and steal your recruits. And his players will flip off your fans.

  40. thegamecocker says: Dec 3, 2013 12:48 PM

    I feel bad for Coach Ogeron but I also feel his knee jerk reaction was something he should have thought before reacting. He was going to be named as a Head Coach and he would have received a nice raise. Instead, he acted childish and quit because he did not get the head job. If he would have gone undefeated, he would have had a better shot. But losing to Notre Dame and UCLA unfortunately sealed his fate. I wish he would have shown better judgment and taken Haden’s offer. Now, he has to pick up his Family and make another move when he could have been sitting pretty.

  41. rolltide510 says: Dec 3, 2013 12:51 PM

    The question is really if he feels he’s ready for his next head coaching job and won’t accept anything less.

    Because if not, he’s a great D-line coach proven at the college as well as NFL level, and somehow an amzing recruiter.

  42. ancientcougar says: Dec 3, 2013 1:10 PM

    Orgeron to Washington; Let the fun begin.

  43. roanboon says: Dec 4, 2013 12:53 AM

    His name reads too much like “Oregon” to be a head coach in the Pac 12. Too confusing.

  44. mvktr2 says: Dec 9, 2013 3:36 AM

    Did he rip his shirt off and challenge everyone in the room to a fight?

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