Ranking The Best USC Football Coaches of All-Time

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13. Ed Orgeron

Like Sam Barry, Ed Orgeron had a rich history with USC and only had a short period to make a statement as the Trojan head coach. Unlike Barry, Orgeron was semi-successful.

“Coach O” took the reigns from Lane Kiffin to start the month of October in 2013 and promptly guided USC to a win over Arizona at the Coliseum. A road trip to Notre Dame proved too much for his Trojans but they bounced back with a five-game winning streak.

A win over Utah was followed by impressive road performances against Oregon State and Cal before USC came back home again to face No. 4 Stanford. Despite the Cardinal’s superior rank and four-game winning streak over the Trojans, Orgeron’s men pulled off the upset, prompting USC fans to storm the field.

The fairy tale possibility of Orgeron winning the full-time job was crushed by a thorough beating by UCLA in the regular season finale, dropping his overall record to 6-2.

Since Orgeron resigned when it was announced that Steve Sarkisian had been hired over him, he cannot claim a bowl to his name. That coupled with the lack of a victory over either of USC’s rivals dropped him below the man who replaced him.

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