Nov 16, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans coach Ed Orgeron celebrates with fans at the end of the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC defeated Stanford 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

USC Morning Links: Orgeron Statement, Bowl Projections and Other Links

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Ed Orgeron makes loud statement to stay as USC football coach
(Bill Plashke | Los Angeles Times)

He is Coach Ed Orgeron, and he orchestrated and inspired USC’s stunning 20-17 last-second victory over fifth-ranked Stanford on Saturday night in such a way that every question about his brief but dazzling tenure was answered but one.

Will he be allowed to keep his job?

Pat Haden needs to sidestep the rush to hire Ed Orgeron at USC
(Bill Dwyre | Los Angeles Times)

Take a deep breath, Trojans Nation. The canonization of Ed Orgeron is premature.

At least two games premature, to be specific.

Orgeron makes Haden’s search complicated
(Ted Miller | ESPN.com)

We could try to quantify how much better USC is under Ed Orgeron the past six games compared to Lane Kiffin during the season’s first five, but that really is pretty easy. We don’t need numbers. We need only three words:

Everything is better.

Bowl Projections: USC’s upset creates Pac-12 chain reaction
(Stewart Mandel | Sports Illustrated)

Most would agree the Pac-12 is, at worst, the second-best conference this year. But USC’s upset of Stanford likely cost the league a second BCS berth, since the Fiesta Bowl is not an option this year. That pushes all of the Pac-12’s other teams down a rung and could leave two or more eligible teams without a guaranteed spot. They could land anywhere from Dallas to Detroit to Shreveport.

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