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07:48 AM ET 12.23 | Would he come back? [Steve Sarkisian] said on Sunday he will reach out to Ed Orgeron, who went 6-2 as USC's interim head coach, and ask him to be a part of his coaching staff next season. Clay Helton, who served as USC's third coach this season during the Trojans' 45-20 win over Fresno State in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, has already committed to returning to USC next season. Orgeron resigned and left the team after Sarkisian was hired as USC's coach on Dec. 2. Orgeron, who turned around USC's season after Lane Kiffin was fired following a 3-2 start, believed he would get the full-time job after the season. "I am going to pursue Ed here one more time," Sarkisian told the "Trojan Brunch" show on ESPNLA 710. "I thought about him again after the game on the ride home."

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December 23, 2013  09:11 AM ET

Don't hold your breath Steve.

December 23, 2013  09:53 AM ET

While I like Coach "O", I don't think he would have been a good enough "long term" hire as USC's "head coach". But IF he HAD gotten it, I would have been okay with that too. The loss to ND and especially the BUST against UCLA tipped the scales away from this happening. It certainly didn't help his cause in the final decision making,, I'm sure.

Having said that, I don't think that Sark was the best hire either. Not a bad one, just think we might have done a bit better. I'm okay with it so far. EXCEPT for the ncaa distractions.

FWIW...

December 23, 2013  10:09 AM ET

If they hire him back I will pop the corn and be ready for train wreck.

December 23, 2013  10:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If they hire him back I will pop the corn and be ready for train wreck.

Nah. Not going to happen. Just part of PR and tiding up a few looses ends. The parting gift that you know will not be accepted. The formal " We will have to get together someday" knowing it will never happen.

December 23, 2013  10:23 AM ET

I think EO is too proud of an individual to do an about face and return to USC.

December 23, 2013  11:43 AM ET

Ace recruiter Lupoi is out so next best thing.

December 23, 2013  11:50 AM ET

Does he really want to take the New Mexico St. Junior College head coaching position? He's a great assistant coach, always has been, and should be again. In USC's 10 win season, Ed got 6 wins, mostly against bums, Lane got 3 wins, mostly against bums, and Clay Helton won the bowl game against the 12-1 MWC Champion Bulldogs. Pretty weird way to get to 10, but losing to a pathetic Notre Dame team and UCLA won't win a head coaching job at USC.

December 23, 2013  12:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

... losing to a pathetic Notre Dame team and UCLA won't win a head coaching job at USC.

True, but winning 1/3rd of your NFL games and going 7-6 (and losing to UCLA) at your one year as acollege HC got Kiffin the gig!

December 23, 2013  12:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Ace recruiter Lupoi is out so next best thing.

LOL, where is Lupoi going??? Has the NCAA made a decision yet???

December 23, 2013  12:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

LOL, where is Lupoi going??? Has the NCAA made a decision yet???

Lupoi is going to hell regardless.

December 23, 2013  12:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I think EO is too proud of an individual to do an about face and return to USC.

Yeah. Ed got slapped (as he saw it) and won't be back for anything, I'm guessing. Why would a guy who was HC want to be an AHC, OC or anything else after that? The cut is too deep, Steve.

December 23, 2013  01:06 PM ET

After Kiffin's dismissal, while fulfilling duties as interim HC, Orgeron stated on more than one occasion that he loved USCw and just wanted to continue being a part of it in whatever capacity. Then, he started paying attention to the media and feeding off the feedback he was getting from the players, and he began to believe he deserved the HC gig going forward. When they hired Sark, and all of his expectations and dreams were dashed, he reacted emotionally. His inflagration left no bridges on which to cross back into the good graces of USCw.

Sark reaching out to EO may be more about manipulating public opinion than actually putting him back on staff. If the outcome is better PR for USCw, Orgeron, and Sark, it can be considered a success.

December 23, 2013  01:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

True, but winning 1/3rd of your NFL games and going 7-6 (and losing to UCLA) at your one year as acollege HC got Kiffin the gig!

Correction... LK won 1/4th of his NFL games.

December 23, 2013  02:32 PM ET

LK's life accomplishments: marrying well. Anyone else want to post another?

December 23, 2013  05:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

True, but winning 1/3rd of your NFL games and going 7-6 (and losing to UCLA) at your one year as acollege HC got Kiffin the gig!

Are you really lobbying for Texas to hire Kiffin? I agree.

Lane Kiffin attempted a 76 yard field goal as Raiders head coach, so that makes him at least 25 yards smarter than Nick Saban, and Saban is the best coach in CFB history.

Even with his ridiculous coaching record, Kiffin was then and still is a much more viable head coach than Ed O. Coach O was like 10-25 as head coach at Ole Miss, and that was in the weak SEC where a lower tier Big-12 team can run the table effortlessly (apparently). He had 3 conference wins in 3 years. I don't know what that averages out to, but I don't think it equaled what Kiffin accomplished in 1 season.

December 23, 2013  05:44 PM ET

3 conference wins in three years would average out to 1 conference win per year. Thank you, Thank you, I'll be here all week.

December 23, 2013  06:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Are you really lobbying for Texas to hire Kiffin? I agree.Lane Kiffin attempted a 76 yard field goal as Raiders head coach, so that makes him at least 25 yards smarter than Nick Saban, and Saban is the best coach in CFB history.Even with his ridiculous coaching record, Kiffin was then and still is a much more viable head coach than Ed O. Coach O was like 10-25 as head coach at Ole Miss, and that was in the weak SEC where a lower tier Big-12 team can run the table effortlessly (apparently). He had 3 conference wins in 3 years. I don't know what that averages out to, but I don't think it equaled what Kiffin accomplished in 1 season.

Maybe so but as of right now Orgeron has a significant advantage over Kiffin in recruiting, and 90% of good coaching in college is recruiting.

Orgeron is a master recruiter. It's always been his strength and his stint as USC HC only serves to pad his current resume.

Kiffin's ability to recruit right now is not his strength. Not sure what his strengths are, actually, but recruiting isn't one of them at the moment.

December 23, 2013  08:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

3 conference wins in three years would average out to 1 conference win per year. Thank you, Thank you, I'll be here all week.

Are you a North Carolina football fan??? :-)

December 23, 2013  08:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Lupoi is going to hell regardless.

Maybe, or maybe not!!!

 
December 23, 2013  09:12 PM ET

I just read a story about Texas' new AD Patterson... check it out!

http://www.oregonlive.com/sports/oregonian/john_canzano/index.ssf/2013/12/ canzano_steve_patterson_and_te.html

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