Earlier in the week, news broke that USC Trojans assistant coach Monte Kiffin would be resigning effective immediately following the Sun Bowl against Georgia Tech.
While head coaches and universities throughout the country were salivating at the mere thought of extracting talent from the Trojans No.2 nationally ranked recruiting list, and possibly a few coaches, it was announced that defensive line coach and recruiting mastermind, Ed Orgeron would be promoted to fill Kiffin Sr’s vacated position.
Now Hiring: Defensive Coordinator.
Qualifications: Must be a genius against the Spread Option. Experience against various Pac-12 offenses required.
Enter: San Diego Chargers Linebackers Coach, Joe Barry, and with the Chargers in a bit of chaos over head coach Norv Turner, now is the time for USC to strike and bring him back.
Barry was a lot like Orgeron in terms of recruiting tactics, having recruited several 2013 returning linebackers for the Trojans during his time at USC (2010-2011). It was rumored that Barry’s reason for parting ways with USC was because he, and Monte didn’t see eye-to-eye on key issues, including defensive schemes, but the 42 year old, former USC linebacker could be the defibrillator behind a much needed defensive revival.
Taking it back to 2011, USC finished No.6 in the AP Poll, with the biggest win of the season against the No.4 ranked Oregon Ducks in Autzen, who have become notorious for blow out wins with their explosive, hurry-up offense. The Barry possibility has been mentioned several times throughout the past few days, and while it’s the most obvious suggestion, Trojan Nation deserves a coach who has demonstrated his abilities in the conference.
With National Signing Day 61 days away, I think it’s safe to say that with the retention and promotion of Orgeron, recruits are less concerned about the overall state of affairs at USC, but confirmation with a DC who is familiar with the program certainly wouldn’t hurt.
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