USC’s players shared an undeniable connection with Ed Orgeron, especially when the long-time assistant took over as head coach when Lane Kiffin was fired.
Orgeron wasn’t retained as head coach when the season ended; the University decided to go with Steve Sarkisian instead. Now, Sarkisian, who coached with Orgeron as a fellow USC assistant from 2001-2003, hopes to add Orgeron to his staff.
“I am going to pursue Ed here one more time,” Sarkisian told ESPNLA 710. “I thought about him again after the game on the ride home. I think when emotions get settled down, and I know that was an emotional time for Ed and not getting named the head coach when he thought he should have been deservedly so, I would have felt the same way.”
Orgeron resigned and left the team when Sarkisian was hired on Dec. 2.
“When the emotions settle down, Ed’s a great Trojan and he’s meant a lot to the Trojan family and if we can have that opportunity for him to be part of this football program and be here with us, we’d love to have him.”
Orgeron’s presence would definitely be welcoming for a roster of players going through a coaching change. It will be interesting to see if Orgeron chooses to return or to pursue other opportunities elsewhere.
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