USC's coaching search is continuing as Ed Orgeron leads the team through the 2013 season, but if Athletic Director Pat Haden's email inbox is any indication, the search should start and stop in Los Angeles for many fans.
On USC's radio show "Trojans Live" on Tuesday night, Haden said that he counted the emails in his inbox and he had 136 pro-Orgeron emails. Seriously.
“I counted them actually,” Haden said on Los Angeles radio station KFWB. “I had 136 pro-Coach O emails today. Those were just emails. That doesn’t count the tweets, letters and phone calls. In my day, they sent ‘em by carrier pigeon. Now, I get ‘em four or five ways.”
During the Broncos' bye week in the first weekend of November, Haden interviewed Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, a former USC linebacker. Lovie Smith has also been mentioned as a candidate -- he refuted reports that said he had interviewed or was interested -- and Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin has been named as a candidate as well.
When he took the interim gig after Lane Kiffin was fired, Orgeron was seen as just a caretaker to get the Trojans to the end of the season. Now after going 5-1 in his six games as coach, including an upset win of Stanford on Saturday, Orgeron deserves to be mentioned with everyone else as a candidate for the permanent job.
Judging from his comments, Haden knows that Orgeron has a good thing going. Does he think that it can continue and that good thing will be better than anyone else can bring? We'll find out. More wins certainly won't hurt Orgeron's cause.
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