With current Washington defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Tosh Lupoi believed to no longer be a candidate to join Steve Sarkisian at USC, Sarkisian must look elsewhere to continue finalizing his staff.
That elsewhere may be in the form of the multipurpose Ed Orgeron.
In 2013 alone, Orgeron served as the Trojans’ defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator before transitioning to interim head coach when Lane Kiffin was fired on Sept. 29.
Orgeron guided the Trojans a 6-2 record, with a victory over then No. 4 Stanford, but some shine was removed as his losses were to Trojan rivals Notre Dame and UCLA.
During a recent radio interview, Sarkisian stated he would love have Orgeron back with the program.
How willing Orgeron is to return to USC is unknown.
Given the manner in which he reacted to the news that Sarkisian was hired as the head coach, a homecoming of sorts doesn’t appear likely.
After Orgeron’s departure from USC, athletic director Pat Haden stated the university was willing to make him the highest paid assistant in the country.
Presumably, that offer still stands.
Initial player reactions to Sarkisian’s hire were understandably mixed, given their affinity for Orgeron. They have since warmed up to the hire and Orgeron’s return would likely cement their approval.
Orgeron is a highly touted recruiter, and in getting him back on campus, his biggest impact could be felt in his ability to convince NFL draft eligible players to return.
What may aid the Trojans cause is Orgeron has yet to be hired by another university, nor has he been a hot name — at least not publicly.
With the Trojans season now over, expect Sarkisian to move quickly as the recruiting season kicks into gear.