Steve Sarkisian Wants To Hire Ed Orgeron Back To USC

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USC coach Steve Sarkisian told 710-AM he would like to bring Ed Orgeron back as defensive line coach.

“I am going to pursue Ed here one more time,” Sarkisian said. “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.”

This epiphany coincided with the fact Tosh Lupoi is out as a coaching candidate, of course.

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  • john wolcott

    It looks like the spirit of the Season is catching. And what a wonderful gesture by Sark. But pride runs deep and I don’t believe Ol’ ‘O is coming back.

    Speaking of the spirit, I noted that not one of the Westwooders said anything positive about SC’s victory.

    I guess the spirit does not quite make it out Westwood’s way.

    • ProbationU

      Actually, `I said it was a nice win for the kids after everything they have been through.

      I also think Fresno was way overrated. They have played nobody…only beat a bad Hawaii team by 5 and gave up 62 points in a loss to San Jose State…so not quite like the win over Stanford.

      The coaches also did a fine job in a tough situation.

      • rusoviet

        Hey weren’t you the first to go ballisitc when it went public that Orgeron was not going to get the HC job remember boyo? You mocked ‘Trojan Family’ right?

        I’d say this is what separates USC from UCLA – family is real.

        • ProbationU

          Don’t think SC is anything special in that regard at all….just a slogan. I think it reflects well on Helton and his level of professionlism.

          The lack of “family” in my opinion was that Haden seemed to have already made up his mind that Orgeron was not a HC candidate while trying to give the appearance that he was being seriously considered…which he wasn’t. The next day after the UCLA game he was hiring Sark. So, IMO Haden was being disingenuos and that’s when Ed O went ballistic.

          If there is no greater Trojan than Ed…perhaps Haden could have handled things better. Perhaps not…but it isn’t like he chose a great, accomplished coach.

          • Cloud Shaman

            the facade of a family for the kids and to be willing to pay 200,000 for an education.

          • rusoviet

            Is that the new bankrupting pile from the househand called ‘Obamacare’ you’re referring to? The usual left elitist scam socialists and reds are always so skilled at – we have ours and you the ‘hoi polloi’ wel tough luck – well off to another GLBT rally after this next round of golf over here in HI!

          • ProbationU

            Perhaps he is just laughing at the concept of major college sports and family. It simply does not exist anywhere. Ask Troy Williams of UW how he feels about the family at UW when Sark left after recruiting him…called him out for being a phony.

            Ask Kiff if he felt like a Trojan family member after he was fired at the airport.

            It isn’t family at SC or anywhere else. It is about money and winning. SC no better than anyone else in that regard.

          • rusoviet

            Gosh all here are so touched by your concern for Kiff as well as some recruit who just got left ‘behind’ (wow that’s never happened)

            Suggestion jacka$$ the next time you get called out for what you did use think before you choose to use it or don’t use it at all.

          • ProbationU

            The comrade can’t handle the truth about SC. It isn’t even a criticism really..simply the truth about what matters at SC. What matters at SC is winning and making money. When SC talks about its history it is talking about its NC’s, its Rose Bowls and its Heismans. It is all about doing what it takes to win. It isn’t talking about family and it isn’t talking about graduation rates.

            Do you have any idea how much money Pete Carroll made the university? The increase in donations? Do you have any idea how many more applications the school received during those years?

            So when Haden sees tha fans booing and the Coliseum half empty, he needs to save the program and the revenue. He is the head of a very profitable business. To claim otherwise is ridiculous. The `’family`’ concept may be something you can sell..but it is all about the winning and the cash. Just like it is at any other school….not better and not worse.

          • rusoviet

            Look boyo it was you that rammed family in on all of us ok – not the other way around

            You got hung on your own words and now won’t admit it save to act like a some slimey attorney and do a ‘klintonska’ “..it depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.”

          • ThaiMex

            Winner winner and by a knockout!
            You Rah Rah’s can’t handle the truth. Here’s another truth for you ladies…Mora goes 9-5 and 10-3 in his first two years a BRUIN head coach…while you RAH RAH’s just hired a Head Coach who is a CAREER 500 guy (just like the guy before him)?
            MERCY NURSE!
            fit Un!

          • Cheap seats

            More proof that 9-5 and finishing the next season in the SUN BOWL, is considered historical success to a so-called Bruin fan.

            To USC fans, you’d NEVER see us brag about 2 mediocre seasons like those, even on a message board.

          • ThaiMex

            Only a DUMBED DOWN LOWLY Torgan would BRAG about a career 500 coach while knocking a Coach that goes 9-5 and 10-3 in his first two seasons. Why don’t you do SOMETHING before you start with the drivel. Oh…wait…I forgot..you guys bragged about Goat Boy from the very beginning too and that turned out SWELL, didn’t it?
            Mercy Nurse!
            fitUn!

          • Cheap seats

            On my team’s message board? Or on an opponent’s board?

            The latter is called TROLLING. I don’t do that. That’s one step above being an online pedophile.

          • Cheap seats

            sfkljasdf;lkj

          • FMUSC81

            Well if he can win a Orange Bowl in his Second year … wait … too late… Okay how about finish in the Top 4 his second year….. nope … too late for that one …. Okay , okay … how about Heisman winning QB…Dang strike Three… umm 11 wins in year two… dang… I’m trying to figure out why you’r bragging about Mora… Oh .. i GET IT… he’s mediocre… Yup… you’re a bRuin.

          • HeySUCs

            Rap o’ skank and swill.

          • Joe Blow

            Sorry your parents couldn’t afford it. How is the bRuin family?

          • rusoviet

            No what you were doing is what you’re still doing – you post some words full of decorum and then shove the shiv in like you did in this reply – you haunt this board unlike none of us who bother to post elsewhere say the Bruin board.

            You’re the one who first used the word ‘Trojan Family’ pal – it was you and now you can’t get your paw free of that smelly tar baby you factually rammed hard three weeks ago.

          • ProbationU

            I hardly invented the term “Trojan Family”. It has been used countless times over the years by SC. I did mock the term because it is all marketing. The “family” can often turn on itself when the team isn’t winning but suddenly becomes a family when it is….which is pretty commomplace in sports.

            You are a member of the Trojan family until the family tosses you out on your butt.

          • Joe Blow

            Ed tossed himself. But he’s welcome back.

          • FightON

            I think I just fell in love with you a little.

          • Trogan Fan

            Family? Fire everyone, fight in the locker room and get sanctioned decade in and decade out! That’s quite a family!

          • Joe Blow

            Perhaps Ed could have handled it better too. He let his ego get in the way of business. Difference between living in the IE and Manhattan Beach.

          • ProbationU

            I am sure…but I also think Haden could have delayed it for a day. It isn’t like Sark was going anywhere.

            The best part about O is he is emotional and pumps kids up. Also the worst part about O.

          • Joe Blow

            Bottom line is it is a business. Why lead O on? I don’t think Haden has done even a good job as AD, but he was right on this one.

          • ProbationU

            The decision was the proper one…but he had led O on for several weeks. He never considered him a serious candidate. The extra time was to let the last loss settle in for a day before the discussion.

            It is a business…which seems to be upsetting some when I criticize the Trojan “family.” Family handles things differently…and Haden is a phony.

          • Joe Blow

            You are wrong AGAIN. You don’t keep a family member in the business if it is not the right fit. You obviously don’t have your own business. Haden is a Putz and I agree, a phony. But in this case, he did the right thing and SC needed to move quickly.

          • ProbationU

            If you look, you would see that I said the decison was the proper one. And yes..if there is a family member in a family business not pulling his weight…he needs to go…but Haden and his holier than thou attitude and the Trojan Family he spouts off about does not square with how he handled things with either Kiffin or Orgeron. I don’t like either one of those guys…buy my main point is it is a business…and not so much a family, if at all.

          • Joe Blow

            Haden is a phony. But I think he handled Kiffin poorly but Orgeron was handled correctly. In any event, Haden is KILLING athletics as a whole.

          • ProbationU

            And by the way…I worked in a family business until we sold it a few years ago. I hired and fired a lot of people over 30 years…and it is not pleasant firing people. Always had a rule for myself not to fire people when I am pissed off. For the most part…you and I agree here….shocking I know…but it is the Holiday season…my only difference with you on Orgeron is that I think he had time to wait a day for Ed to recover from the loss to UCLA before the conversation…but that is splitting hairs a little bit.

          • Joe Blow

            I agree. But O should have said ok, nothing else, no complaining (even though he’s FURIOUS) and give it a day, if not 10 min. Instead, he stormed. Huge mistake. If I were him, I’d take it.

          • ProbationU

            I think we already agreed that O’s ego is bigger than his brain. I also think that if Haden is as “classy” as he claims, he doesn’t fire Kiff at the airport…as big a douche as Kiff was, he deserved better. Gotta think that he and Nikias could have kept their mouths shut for a day.

          • Joe Blow

            God, I hate this…..I agree.

          • ProbationU

            It’s okay Jb…you can take a day off from insulting my daughters…they are all good kids.

            Part of it for me is that I always respected Haden. My blood runs deep blue, yet there are Trojans that I have always liked…OJ (before the killings), Marcus Allen, Ricky Bell and Haden to name a few. Haden has not lived up to my expectations with how he has handled things…so I think I have moved more over to your side on that than vice-versa.

          • Joe Blow

            I’m taking them to lunch. :-)

          • Cheap seats

            Who’s to say Haden did NOT tell Ogeron he wasn’t in the running?

            There’s a rumor that Coach O not only was told he wasn’t getting the job prior to the UCLA game, but that he actually TOLD THE PLAYERS before kickoff on senior day.

            Those like me who were at the game saw the touching gesture by the team in forming an “O” in the middle of the field. If they knew he was coaching the bowl game, why would they have done such a thing?

            After that emotional gesture, you almost felt the air let out of the stadium. After a rollercoaster of a season, there was nothing left in the tank and since UCLA lost to ASU the week prior, there was nothing to play for.

          • FMUSC81

            No it is … their a reason your a Bruin for four years and a Trojan for Life … i.e. Dorrell on Ken Norton… guy cheered for Dorrell and when to his press conference in support and cold shoulder him … I know your gonna mention Pola , but Hitting the HC is gonna get you fired at any play regardless…if it was in the right ! Pola could come back to SC at anytime after Kiffin was canned …. No Program can side with Asst over HC on Program strategy

    • FightON

      The trolls do not want to congratulate USC. Instead, they will talk about how bad Fresno was and how bad desert bowls are. No, they will not see the irony in them being in a desert bowl too, because, well, stupidity.

      They’ll be stocked when they beat V Tech. Then, they’ll cry when we point out how bad V Tech is.

      You know, the usual trolly hyprocrisy.

      • ProbationU

        Both bowls suck…Fresno sucked. El Paso sucks too.

        • rusoviet

          Thanks for your nuanced reply – what a confused elitist you truly are – you compared where a school’s team (Fresno St.) hails from to a city (El Paso-TX) that is not in a bowl.

          • ProbationU

            Fresno State sucked…watched the game. An El Paso…the city and the bowl game suck. Just because I don’t like El Paso doesn’t have anything to do with elitist. I have been there…didn’t like it.

          • FMUSC81

            I agree especially with EL paso and considering … El Paso is more exciting for the kids from Blacksburg… they could be really pumped … i mean it’s natural for the LA kids to look down on the SUN bowl and dumpy El Paso…

      • Trogan Fan

        Uh, congrats for beating Fresno State? And losing to UCLA so badly that it cost O his job!

        • FightON

          Pay attention: O was never in the running to be hired whether he won at UCLA or not.

      • FMUSC81

        That’s how you rationalize your best season in years is possibly going to end with less wins than your rivals after three coaching changes and NCAA sanctions….

  • FightON

    Credit to Joe Blow for bringing us this lead two hours ago.

    • Joe Blow

      Thanks. Scott is a LAZY tool.

  • ;kjb;pkjb;kjb

    No way No how that O
    comes back.

  • LamontRaymond

    Your “of course” snark, Scottie, would carry some weight had the school not already offered to make him the nation’s highest paid assistant coach before he left and before the Lopoi revelations surfaced.

  • Toejam For Life

    Brilliant move Sarkiffen! When you get lose three in a row to start the season, the SuC fans will be calling for Eddie O, chanting “Ooooooooooo, we SuCk!”

    • FMUSC81

      You do”oooooooooo, We Suck” …. I guess you’ve had a lot you practice as a UCLA fan for the better part of almost 100 years…. Well take solace your fans are good at something ….

  • Tom French

    I hope Coach O gives it serious consideration. I think most of the Trojan Family would welcome him back with open arms. Sark’s a smart guy. He can see how much value O brings to the team.

    • gotroy22

      Has Ed been mentioned for any other jobs?

      • FIGHTONtoVICTORY

        No, which is why it would be smart for him to return. He’s got a bad stigma right now for leaving the team before the bowl game.

  • Joe Blow

    Don’t you get ESPN Scott? It was reported at 11am

  • Joe Blow

    Eddie O ain’t makin’ $900k ANYWHERE else. Even the bRuin trolls would suc up to make that kind of cash. He’d be an even BIGGER idiot not to come back.
    PLUS he’d look like a bigger man to the players, alumni and fans. But we’ll see if his EGO is LARGER than his BRAIN.

    • ProbationU

      You are right about that one Blow-hard…but not sure that Eddie is known for his brain. Doesn’t strike me as a Rhodes scholar. He could come back and bleed green, as well as cardinal and gold. My guess is that the ego is too big.

      • rusoviet

        Everyone note the sly hit at Haden here – Rhodes Scholar – this is what this clown does

        “Hi I’m objective and I need some lovin’ – can I sit here and act as the arbitrator when any of you have the nerve to unload on -bel-air tech?”

        Get lost troll because that’s all you are a troll.

        • ProbationU

          Yes..Haden is a Rhodes Scholar…and a phony. At least Ed is real. Haden tries to act like he is ethical and honorable Pat…and that it is all a family. It’s total BS. It is a business…which is why he fired a guy at the airport and handled the Ed O situation the way he did.

          It is about Haden’s hypocrisy.

          I have suddenly found myself in agreement with Blow-hard on 2 things…that it is a business and I know he dislikes Haden..probably because he thinks he is a phony too. I used to respect Haden…but not anymore.

          • rusoviet

            You and blowhard whodda thunk? Not only strange bedfellows but hey for you truly “…any port in a storm!”

            The phoniest poster on this board is you boyo – totally you – a true westside limousine liberal

      • Joe Blow

        H e l l must be freezing over. I agree.

  • Fred Sampson

    Ed Orgeron can be an asset to any team….but please don’t make him a” figure head ”

  • Ray Reyes

    Hey Coach O….you are an “older” guy just like me.. Swallow that pride, go with what made you famous, USC. Younger peeps come, and I know its tough. Be the man, come back.

  • B.Miller

    Add Assistant Head Coach and give him more money.. and its a done deal!