When looking at the 2013 college football season as a whole, the USC Trojans made one of the more remarkable in-season turnarounds in recent memory. After they fired Lane Kiffin following an embarrassing loss to the eventual Pac-12 South champions, the Arizona State Sun Devils, Ed Orgeron and the team went on a tremendous run. They looked like a completely different squad under Orgeron.
Still, many were on the fence as to whether or not USC should still go on a high-profile coaching search one the season concluded, or just let Orgeron run the show.
After a 35-14 loss to the rival UCLA Bruins this past weekend, it seems that Athletic Director Pat Haden and the USC administration has made their decision.
They will go ahead with that coaching search, and according to Joe Schad, it not only may conclude as early as this week with a new head man, but it’s apparently down to just two candidates:
Chris Petersen and James Franklin are top options at USC. A new coach could be named as early as this week.
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) December 2, 2013
It was reported a while back that Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin was the top man on their radar. Unfortunately for USC, though, he signed a six-year contract extension with the Aggies on Saturday, eliminating him from the process.
Still, Boise State’s Chris Petersen and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin being the top two candidates is no surprise whatsoever. They’ve both proven themselves as successful at lesser programs, and could work wonders with the Trojans program.