If USC coach Ed Orgeron beats UCLA on Saturday, is there any way Pat Haden can hire somebody else to coach the Trojans? Would Haden risk a fans’ backlash? Would there be too much pressure from the fans to risk introducing an unknown like Vanderbilt’s James Franklin? Would it be possible to bring in an outsider with USC riding a six-game winning streak?
These are relevant questions if the Trojans win the crosstown rivalry. I would add Haden ignored public opinion last year when he kept Lane Kiffin after the season as something else to consider. But maybe that changed him.