Nov 1, 2013; Corvallis, OR, USA; Southern California Trojans coach Ed Orgeron is hoisted by players in celebration after the game against the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium. USC defeated Oregon State 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Ed Orgeron talks about his future in coaching


College football saw an extensive turn on the coaching carousel this offseason and while there will is some minor tinkering to be done, the dizzying carousel is about to stop and one man who we presumed would have no trouble landing a job, Ed Oregeron, is still unemployed

According to Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples, the man who guided the USC Trojans to a 6-2 record as the intermin coach after Lane Kiffin was fired will be back.

“Make no mistake, Orgeron does not intend to sit out for long. “Oh, I’m going to coach again,” he said. “I’m keeping my options open. I’ve had several inquiries.”

Many believed Orgeron should have been handed the job with USC after the work he did for the Trojans, which included an upset win over No. 4 Stanford and a win in the Las Vagas Bowl over. No. 20 Fresno State, but that job went to Steve Sarkisian which prompted Orgeron to seek opportunities elsewhere.

The opportunities to be a head coach were not the best fits as Texas, Louisville, Penn State and Vanderbilt, among others looked elsewhere, but Oregeron could find himself more opportunities after 2014 when many openings will be presented.

College football is better with the Orgeron we saw at USC.

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  • Rock2112

    Patrick, Eddie O had nothing to do with the Las Vegas Bowl victory over Fresno State. Just wanted to correct that error. Clay Helton deserves the HC credit for that win. Coach O resigned before bowl practices. He is a genuinely likeable guy and a great players’ coach, but Coach O is not known as an Xs and Os guy, per se. He did not help his cause when he resigned in a hot-head fashion upon learning he did not get the HC job — something that virtually nobody (but, apparently, him) believed he would get after SC lost to UCLA in lopsided fashion. It would have dramatically improved his HC employment chances if he would have handled the disappointment of not getting the HC job more gracefully — and instead stayed on and coached the Trojans through one more victory over a ranked team in a bowl. Coach O spent the season telling the players it was about them and that he would treat them like his sons. Then when things went wrong for him personally, he somewhat selfishly walked out on the team and left them to deal with a second coaching change in the same season. That had to feed into some of the perceptions of Coach O that came out of his first head coaching gig at Ole Miss. It validated the move that Haden made in not hiring him on. Again, I love Coach O and wish he would have handled that adversity better, especially after spending the season so effectively teaching and showing the Trojan players how to overcome adversity. I really hope he gets another shot as an HC somewhere, he is tremendously likeable and inspiring to players. With the right coordinators, he can be as dangerous as any coach in college football.