The USC Trojans got off to a disastrous start to the 2013 season which culminated in the firing of Lane Kiffin at the Los Angeles airport following a disastrous trip to Tempe. Since then, interim head coach Ed Orgeron has breathed new life into the program winning four of five games and keeping the Trojans in the thick of the Pac 12 title race. His efforts have been impressive and should earn Orgeron serious consideration as the next head coach at USC.
Coach O made his presence felt immediately after taking over. In a Thursday night game against the Arizona Wildcats, the Trojans looked like a completely different team from the one who was blown off the field two weeks prior. Players were running around the field with renewed energy, the sidelines were buzzing and the Trojans’ played tough as they secured huge win at home. They have built on that momentum culminating last week, they looked as dominant as ever in a complete dismantling of the Cal Bears. His only loss since taking over was a trip to South Bend where everyone got hurt and nobody could score.
But even more important than what has been happening on the field is what Orgeron has continued to do off of it, particularly on the recruiting trail. Already considered one of the top recruiters in the nation, Orgeron has not only maintained the 2014 recruiting class from before Kiffin was fired, he added four local prospects since being named head coach. The Trojans have found serious momentum on the recruiting trail since Kiffin was booted but many recruits are holding off on signing on with USC due to the uncertainty at head coach. Why not hand the keys over to the guy those kids are already familiar with and interested in playing for?
With no momentum, chaos at the quarterback position and injuries everywhere, Ed Orgeron has stepped in as head coach of USC and gotten them back into the Pac 12 title conversation. They are playing about as well as any team in the conference right now thanks to Coach O and that should be more than enough to get a long, hard look at removing that interim tag from Orgeron’s title for next season.