USC announced Tuesday that defensive line coach Ed Orgeron would not replace Monte Kiffin as the defensive coordinator, but would instead assume the role as assistant head coach.
To the LATimes, Orgeron said he is “very comfortable with my spot as assistant head coach.”
He also noted that he and Kiffin are on the same page with this decision, and they believe USC needs to look outside the program to find a hire that can remold the Trojans to be successful against an increasingly popular offensive scheme in the Pac-12.
“We both agreed that we need to research and develop the best defensive coordinator in the country to come in and help the Trojans,” Orgeron continued to the Times. “We realize there are some things we need to get better at with the scheme, especially against the spread offense.”
As the assistant head coach, he will continue his roles as the D-line coach and a recruiting coordinator. This is monumental for the Trojans, as a few key defensive recruits have noted that Orgeron’s presence with the team has kept their commitments solid thus far.
There is currently no timetable on when USC will hire a new defensive coordinator, with Monte Kiffin resigning from the position last week. A new hire would likely be brought in after the Trojans’ appearance in the Sun Bowl, as they are currently at the NCAA limit of nine full-time assistant coaches and could not add another until then.
If the Trojans have a frontrunner for the position, both Orgeron and head coach Lane Kiffin remain mum on the matter. Kiffin also did not offer up anything on whether USC will look to hire an offensive coordinator as well.