On Saturday, the USC Trojans routed the 11-1 Mountain West Champion Fresno State Bulldogs in the Las Vegas Bowl. It was another display of how well this team can perform when Lane Kiffin is NOT their head coach.
When Kiffin was fired and interim head coach Ed Orgeron took over, the entire team responded in a way that had them playing at the highest level possible with the talent they possess.
That’s also why it was so disappointing to many–including some players–when, after the season ended, USC hired Steve Sarkisian from Washington, instead of letting Orgeron just keep the job that he succeeded at virtually this entire season.
Immediately after the hire was made, Orgergon turned in his resignation and left the school, a move that you really can’t blame him for.
However, that apparently hasn’t stopped Sarkisian from believing that he could maybe lure Orgeron back to southern California to join his coaching staff:
“I am going to pursue Ed here one more time,” said Sarkisian “I thought about him again after the game on the ride home. I think when emotions get settled down, and I know that was an emotional time for Ed and not getting named the head coach when he thought he should have been deservedly so, I would have felt the same way. When the emotions settle down, Ed’s a great Trojan and he’s meant a lot to the Trojan family and if we can have that opportunity for him to be part of this football program and be here with us, we’d love to have him.”