On Monday afternoon, several names, including Vanderbilt Commodores’ head coach James Franklin and Boise State Broncos’ head man Chris Peterson, began to surface in regard to the Southern California Trojans’ head coaching job.
Later in the afternoon, Washington Huskies’ head coach Steve Sarkisian, accepted the job.
Interim head coach Ed Orgeron, who guided the Trojans to a 6-2 record after former head coach Lane Kiffin was fired, made it known that he wanted the job. Immediately after Sarkisian got the gig, Orgeron sent his resignation letter to the Trojans.
According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, Orgeron is “outraged” he didn’t get the job.
McMurphy also reports Orgeron turned down a raise to be an assistant coach under Sarkisian.
Orgeron obviously did a good job after Kiffin was fired, including an upset of a then top-five ranked Stanford Cardinal team, but he still lost twice in eight games, falling to both of the Trojans’ chief rivals in the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and UCLA Bruins.
Trojans’ offensive coordinator Clay Helton, who is reportedly a candidate for the Florida Gators’ vacancy at offensive coordinator, will likely coach the bowl game.