Ed Orgeron will serve as interim head coach for USC after Lane Kiffin was fired Sunday following the Trojans' 62-41 loss to Arizona State Saturday night.
Orgeron, the former Ole Miss head coach, was serving as the recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach for USC. In three years at Ole Miss, Orgeron was 10-25.
After being fired from Ole Miss, Orgeron joined Kiffin's staff at Tennessee and went with him to USC.
Athletic director Pat Haden talked about the decision to remove Kiffin from his duties and said that he hadn't gotten any complaints from players or coaches about the fourth-year head coach at USC. He wouldn't talk about possible candidates for the position, except to say that everyone in the room was a candidate. Presumably, everyone in the world is also a candidate. We have a chance, you guys.
Pat Haden: “You are all candidates in this room.”
— Luke Zimmermann (@lukezim) September 29, 2013
Haden said that the scholarship reductions that Kiffin dealt with while at USC meant that he was graded on a curve, but ultimately, the curve wasn't enough to give him a passing grade. That was a stark departure from the praise and patience he had shown publicly towards Kiffin before and during the season. 0-2 in the Pac-12 can change a lot of things.
USC offensive coordinator Clay Helton will call plays, something he didn't do under Kiffin, who was the team's playcaller. However, Orgeron said that the offense wouldn't look dramatically different. However, that may also depend on the health of star receiver Marqise Lee, who has a "severely" sprained knee after being injured on a punt return Saturday night.
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