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

Orgeron Named Maxwell Coach of the Year Semi-Finalist

The Maxwell Football Club announced the semi-finalists for their Collegiate Coach of the Year Award and USC interim head coach made the cut.

Ed Orgeron is one of 16 coaches nominated for the award which is given at the end of the season to the man voted as the top coach in college football.

Orgeron has led the Trojans to a 5-1 record since taking over for Lane Kiffin in September. That record features five-straight wins in the Pac-12, including Saturday’s upset victory over Stanford. USC is now within reach of capturing the Pac-12 South title, a thought that seemed impossible six weeks ago when Arizona State handed the Trojans their second straight conference loss to start the season.

Orgeron is the first interim coach to ever make the semi-finalist list. He is also the only Pac-12 coach to make the cut. However, the Trojans have faced another potential winner of the award — Steve Addazio of Boston College. USC beat his Eagles 35-7 in mid-September.

MFC Collegiate Coach of the Year Semi-Finalists
(in alphabetical order by school)

Name School
Nick Saban Alabama
Gus Malzahn Auburn
Art Briles Baylor
Steve Addazio Boston College
Dabo Swinney Clemson
David Cutcliffe Duke
Tim DeRuyter Fresno State
Jimbo Fisher Florida State
Mark Dantonio Michigan State
Gary Pinkel Missouri
Rod Carey Northern Illinois
Urban Meyer Ohio State
Mike Gundy Oklahoma State
George O’Leary UCF
Ed Orgeron USC
Gary Andersen Wisconsin

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