Interim Southern Cal Trojans head coach Ed Orgeron made his first major move of what should be a very short tenure as head coach. According to Pete Roussel of Coaching Search, Orgeron has hired veteran assistant coach Pete Jenkins as the Trojans’ defensive line coach.
Jenkins has been close to Orgeron “for years,” which according to Roussel, is the main reason for the move.
Jenkins has been a coach for 45 years, which includes stints with the Auburn Tigers, LSU Tigers, Mississippi State Bulldogs, Oklahoma City Cowboys, South Carolina Gamecocks and Southern Miss Golden Eagles.
Roussel points out that Jenkins has developed “17 All-SEC defensive linemen and over 30 future NFL players.”
Jenkins has been retired and out of coaching since 2009.
Orgeron was the assistant head coach, defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator under Peter Carroll at USC from 1998-2004 and returned to the school under Lane Kiffin in 2009 as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. He was promoted to interim head coach when Kiffin was fired less than two weeks ago.
Since Orgeron won’t keep the job and Jenkins hasn’t coached since 2009, it looks like Jenkins is just doing a friend of his a favor.