Ed Orgeron appeared on Bruce Feldman’s podcast The Audible to breakdown his whirlwind 2013 season with the USC Trojans, his life out of coaching and his future.
“Everything happened pretty fast. As you look back I enjoyed every minute of it,” Orgeron said. “The opportunity to represent a family that I loved — the USC Trojans. Today I still love them. I think it’s the best place in world to go to school, the best place to coach.”
After taking over for Lane Kiffin, who was fired after USC’s loss to Arizona State in September, Orgeron faced an uphill battle commanding a demoralized team. He praised his coaching staff for setting an example and the players for responding to the coaching turmoil the way they did, laying out the plan they formulated from the beginning to turn things around in Troy.
“Number one, we had a chance to quit, turn our backs and go look for other jobs. There’s not one man on that staff that did that,” Orgeron said. “Number two, we wanted these guys to enjoy themselves and have fun and to learn how to win. And the players bought in to everything that we did.”
“We came together as a family. One heartbeat.”
Under Orgeron, USC went 6-2, upset #5 Stanford and stormed towards a potential Pac-12 South title before losing to UCLA.
Unfortunately, the loss to the Bruins and an earlier defeat to Notre Dame resulted in the powers that be at USC looking elsewhere to fill the permanent coaching position. When athletic director Pat Haden named Steve Sarkisian as the new Trojan head coach, Orgeron resigned.
Reflecting back on that, Orgeron told Feldman that he stands by his decision to both leave the Trojans and decline reported offers to remain on staff. He talked about taking the year off and having the time to do all those things he missed out on with his family.
“Everything happens for a reason. I’m home with my family. I still love USC. We wish them the best and that’s all I’m going to say about it.”
For the whole interview click here.