USC athletic director Pat Haden appeared on ESPN radio’s The Herd With Colin Cowherd this morning to talk about his new hire of Steve Sarkisian, but conversation inevitably focused on departed interim Ed Orgeron.
“I hope he proves me wrong. I hope he goes and becomes a great head coach and calls me five years from now in that raspy voice and says, ‘I told you so. I should have been your head coach.’”
Haden called the meeting during which he told Orgeron that the Trojans were going a different direction “incredibly uncomfortable.” According to Haden, Orgeron was hurt and disappointed to miss out on a position he’d been dreaming of for most of his career.
“At the end of the day he wants to be a head coach, but in my judgement I felt Steve [Sarkisian] was the better fit and it hurt him,” Haden said. “Ed’s one of the great Trojans of all time and it didn’t make me feel particularly good but I had to do what ultimately I think is the best decision for USC, which I believe I’ve done.”
Haden called this week one of the toughest ones of his life during Sarkisian’s introductory presser and there has been plenty of conversation this week about just how difficult it is to be the one pulling the strings in the USC athletic department, especially at a time like this, when Trojan basketball and football are both in periods of transition.
As Haden told Cowherd, ”I get no calls at 2 in the morning about the tennis program.”