USC Trojans Pat Haden praises Ed Orgeron after victory, says he has chance at keeping job

Kristina Pink (left) interviews Southern California Trojans interim coach Ed Orgeron after the game against the Arizona Wildcats at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC defeated Arizona 38-31. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The USC Trojans were able to notch their first conference victory of the season in Ed Orgeron’s first game as USC’s head football coach, and he injected a lot of excitement into the fan base, players, and Athletic Director Pat Haden as a result of the win. Orgeron decided to give Cody Kessler the start at quarterback over Max Wittek, thus ending that whole platoon thing that Lane Kiffin had going on, and Kessler rewarded his confidence by averaging 9.9 yards per attempt in a game that showcased the deep ball.

Pat Haden said, via the Los Angeles Times’s Gary Klein, “Coach O was awesome. An entirely different energy for our team.

“It was just fun watching our kids having a blast. The game is supposed to be a game of joy and they played with joy tonight.”

It’s always fun when you win, but Coach O also seems like a major player coach. He does an excellent job of relating with student-athletes, which is why he is such an influential recruiter. He’s been at the front of USC’s successes on the recruiting trail, and the credit that Kiffin was getting for recruiting really should have went to Orgeron.

Haden sounds extremely excited, and he said he was very happy with the Trojans locker room following the win. The team sounds pumped to play for Orgeron, and Kessler even stated that he would “go to war for” him.

Now, does Orgeron have a chance at remaining USC’s head coach? Haden says, ”Sure.”

Topics: Cody Kessler, Ed Orgeron, Football, Pat Haden, USC Trojans

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