Monday, November 18, 2013

Give Orgeron the Job

For USC Athletic Director Pat Haden, the decision as to who will be the Trojans' permanent head coach became much harder to make after USC stunned No. 4 Stanford, 20-17, in a thrilling game at the L.A. Coliseum Saturday night.
According to reports, Haden interviewed Jack Del Rio last week for Lane Kiffin's old job. Del Rio is the defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos, and once played linebacker at USC. He is currently filling in for Coach John Fox who is on a medical leave of absence.
As has been well documented, Ed Orgeron, who was the defensive line coach under Kiffin and before that Pete Carroll, was hired as interim coach after Kiffin was fired. Since then, USC is 5-1 with two games to go  in the regular season--at Colorado and at home against UCLA.
Del Rio's name has been on the list to replace Kiffin along with Jon Gruden and former Chicago Bears Coach Lovie Smith.
Haden should give Orgeron a three-year contract and let him coach the team through the 2016 season. USC is still under NCAA sanctions through 2014, which includes limiting scholarships.
USC has an outside chance to win the Pac-12 South Division. It has to win its last two games and then get help from UCLA and Arizona against Arizona State, which if the Sun Devils win out, would play for the conference championship.


add UCLA: The Bruins rolled over Washington at the Rose Bowl Saturday night, another highlight performance for linebacker-running back freshman Myles Jack, who scored four touchdowns for the offense. Jack now has six touchdowns in two games as a two-way player and fans in Los Angeles are eagerly awaiting the cross-town rivalry game on Nov. 30 against USC. UCLA controls its own future and wins  over Arizona State this Saturday and Thanksgiving weekend against the Trojans would put the Bruins in the conference title game, most likely against Oregon, which defeated UCLA two weeks ago.

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