If the silence surrounding Ed Orgeron’s job search had you worried or wondering, the former USC interim head coach has some reassurances for you, courtesy of Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples:
Make no mistake, Orgeron does not intend to sit out for long. “Oh, I’m going to coach again,” he said. “I’m keeping my options open. I’ve had several inquiries.”
The question is whether he’ll return as a head coach. There are still defensive coordinator vacancies at Arkansas and Rutgers, and plenty of other dominoes will fall after National Signing Day (much to the chagrin of the players who will have just signed National Letters of Intent). But if he wants to come back as a head coach, Orgeron could sit out the 2014 season.
Staples reported from Senior Bowl practices that Orgeron was greeted warmly by his fellows in the coaching ranks, with Butch Davis flat out telling Orgeron and anyone who would listen that Pat Haden missed the boat on hiring his new head coach.
Plenty of USC fans agree, even as Steve Sarkisian and his new staff sprints towards the signing day finish line.
In fact, the rumors still swirled as late as last week that USC was pushing to bring Orgeron back as the defensive line coach until Chris Wilson of Georgia stepped up to the plate following Bo Davis’ abrupt departure from the same position.
Orgeron led the Trojans to a 6-2 record as the interim on their way to a Vegas Bowl berth. However, the Cajun also admitted that he is still working on finding his own unique coaching style, much like Pete Carroll did well into his 40s.
Suffice it to say, Orgeron will be part of the conversation at USC until he finds a place elsewhere and even then, there’s no doubt that Sarkisian’s era in Los Angeles will always be linked closely to Orgeron’s career going forward.