Ed Orgeron would have to put aside a few concerns if he comes back to USC: He would he work under Steve Sarkisian, someone he probably still views as a young offensive assistant, which Sarkisian was when they worked together under Pete Carroll.
Maybe worse, Orgeron would now work under expected-to-be-hired defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, another whippersnapper who Orgeron probably feels he is a superior coach to and would be paid more than. Does that mean it won’t happen? No. It just means Orgeron would have to swallow hard and deal with a less-than-ideal situation if he came back.
And how about No. 3? Would a return be an admission to Pat Haden that Orgeron was not ready for a head-coaching job?