Former interim head coach Ed Orgeron, who led USC to a 6-2 record after the firing of Lane Kiffin, was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year by SB Nation.
Orgeron took over on September 29th, when Kiffin was fired following USC’s 62-41 loss to Arizona State. He proceeded to change nearly everything about the program, deciding to go the opposite route of Kiffin on everything from media policy to nutrition.
In extremely popular moves, Orgeron brought cookies back to the training table and treated the team to food from places like Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles and In-N-Out Burger.
He also loosened restrictions on the media, allowing them to report on injuries and practice more freely.
The team responded, winning five games in a row after a tough loss to Notre Dame in South Bend.
Orgeron’s signature win as head coach came against the #5 Stanford Cardinal. USC pulled off the upset on a last minute field goal.
That win prompted speculation that Orgeron could be named the new permanent head coach, however, a loss to UCLA likely threw him out of the running. When Steve Sarkisian was given the job instead Orgeron resigned from his post, leaving Clay Helton to coach the Trojans in the Vegas Bowl.
However, there is no question that Orgeron’s tenure as head coach will go down as one of the great stories in Trojan lore, even if it was shorter than he, and some fans, would have liked.
Thank You SB Nation and to The whole USC Football staff and Team ,FIGHT ON. Pac-12 Coach of the Year: Ed Orgeron, USC.
— Coach Ed Orgeron (@Coach_EdOrgeron) December 17, 2013
Congrats to my dad for getting PAC 12 Coach of the Year. Can’t describe how proud I am of him.. More great things coming his way!
— Cody Orgeron (@cody_orgeron) December 17, 2013