The USC Trojans are starting to look like the dominant team of the 2000s under the tutelage of interim head coach Ed Orgeron. After the school fired Lane Kiffin this year, it looked as though the Trojans were heading for a fall they never could have imagined, even after the NCAA slapped a bowl ban and scholarship reductions onto them. But Orgeron has kept the ship afloat, and he’s thanking everyone that’s stood by and supported USC during one of the hardest periods in the school’s history.
According to CBS Sports, Orgeron is even thanking the USC marching band for their support of his team through these tough times:
The enthusiastic and player-friendly “Coach O” has taken some extra effort to ensure that the Coliseum will be at its best when No. 5 Stanford comes to visit for Homecoming on Saturday night. According to the official Twitter account of the USC marching band, The Spirit of Troy, Orgeron sent personally addressed notes to each member of the band.
— The Spirit of Troy (@USCTMB) November 14, 2013
Orgeron is preparing for the biggest game of the Trojans’ season Saturday, when No. 5 Stanford rolls into town, and hoping to snap a four-game losing streak against the Cardinal. USC’s going to need the Coliseum at its loudest in a pivotal Pac-12 battle. With its 62-28 trouncing of Cal on Saturday, USC improved to 4-1 overall and a perfect 4-0 in the Pac-12 since Orgeron took over for ousted Kiffin.