To start out this week there was major news coming out of college football specifically in USC Trojans football program. It was only a few months ago when Lane Kiffin was coaching the football team and was fired after leading the Trojans to a 3-2 record before being replaced by Ed Orgeron.
Orgeron was on his second stint with the Trojans after serving as their assistant head coach from 1998-2004. Orgeron returned to the Trojans coaching assistant staff in 2010.
This time after Kiffin departure he was upgraded from a coordinator to intern head coach with great expectations to lead the Trojans to better heights.
But Athletic Director
was on the look out for several candidates to replace Kiffin if Orgeron should fail in any way.
USC first lost with Orgeron at the helm came against Notre Dame a long time non conference rival. The Trojans have certainly made up for that lost as time went by the Orgeron team won five games under including an upset win over, at the time, fourth ranked Stanford Cardinals. The last game of the season was against rival UCLA Bruins which USC ended up losing and putting Orgeron’s head coaching job in jeopardy. It’s the USC way it’s Haden way whether it was the right choice or not.
Orgeron looked to be a good fit for USC, but the program decided to pass on Orgeron for the head coaching position or anyone else for that matter . As Haden decided to hire University of Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian. The expectations were that many cannidates were up for the job but Haden told the LA Times Sarkisian was the only man he offered it to.
Sarkisian is now in his third stint with USC after previously coaching the teams’ quarterbacks from 2001-2003, then coming back in 2005-2008 where he continued to coach the quarterbacks, but also held the assistant coach title before heading to the Huskies in 2008 for a head coaching job.
Sarkisian looks to up the tempo of USC’s offense by implementing a no huddle type of gameplay, and bringing with him his offensive minded style of football which was ranked eighth nationally in total offense. He might just be exactly what Southern California is looking for but the expectations for a program like USC are extremely high.