Tough walk up the tunnel tonight for Ed Orgeron with his family. There was a sense his chance to be the coach passed but you never know in coaching searches how things will turn out.
“I want nobody to blame this man,” Cody Kessler said about losing to UCLA. “It’s our fault.”
That was echoed by Dion Bailey.
“It’s not Coach O’s fault. We lost the game.”
USC coach Ed Orgeron confirmed tonight that he understood losing to Notre Dame and UCLA is not considered acceptable.
“That’s what the head coach at USC is supposed to do, I know that,” Orgeron said.
USC coach Ed Orgeron did not mince words after the game.
“I think it was the worst performance we have had since we have started back together,” Orgeron said. “No excuses. We just didn’t play well.”
Rule No. 1 if you coach at USC: Beat the archrivals. The playcalling against Notre Dame and UCLA was too conservative. But what happened to USC’s boundless energy during the Coach O era? Maybe too high for the game judging from that entrance by Willie McGinest.
It’s a bittersweet regular-season finale because Orgeron certainly could have been the popular choice had he won tonight. Remember Vanderbilt coach James Franklin is 15-4 in his past 19 games. Only Alabama is better in SEC.
Did USC come out too fired up for the game? Or were the Trojans just not ready to handle the Bruins like they did Stanford and other teams during Ed Orgeron’s tenure? USC clawed back to cut the lead to 14-7 but this does not look like the same team so far.
With UCLA already warming and USC trying to form its prayer circle, tempers got heated and security and coaches had to step in to stop an altercation at the Coliseum.
The Trojans finally won a game in the Bahamas as Pe’Shon Howard scored 23 points and Byron Wesley added 15. USC is now 5-3 overall.