Nov 9, 2013; Berkeley, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans coach Ed Orgeron (left) congratulates center Marcus Martin (66) and tight end Shane Sullivan (89) after a touchdown against the California Golden Bears at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

USC Morning Links and Tweets: Unusual Suspects, Re-Recruiting and Other Links

Tirebiter's Morning Byte of USC Trojans News

Unusual suspects stepping up for hobbled Trojans
(Rayshaun Haylock | Fox Sports West)

USC is 7-3 on the season, but as far as interim head coach Ed Orgeron is concerned, Saturday’s visit from Stanford will mark game No. 6 of the Trojans’ “new season.”

The previous five games have been nothing like the first five games to start the 2013 season.

Just take a look at the Trojans’ 62-28 win at Cal, for example.

The Biggest Difference Between Ed Orgeron and Lane Kiffin
(Trenise Ferreira | Bleacher Report)

That fateful morning of Sept. 28 seemed to shroud USC in two very different atmospheres. One cleared away the clouds of negativity and mediocrity to usher in the dawning of a new era while the other only further added to the turmoil of the Trojan football program.

Midseason firings in college football are relatively uncommon due to the fact that they are perceived to do more harm than good.

After five weeks at the helm, Ed Orgeron has disproven that notion and shown that he can motivate this team to win in ways that Kiffin could not.

Trojans may have to ‘re-recruit’ many veteran players
(Gary Klein | Los Angeles Times)

As recruiting coordinator and interim coach at USC, Ed Orgeron has identified his quarry.

There is the wide receiver, regarded as perhaps the best in the nation. Tight ends, linemen, linebackers and several defensive backs also have been targeted.

“They’re the No. 1 recruits on our board,” Orgeron said.

Orgeron is not discussing high school or junior college prospects.

He is talking about USC’s draft-eligible juniors and third-year sophomores.

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