Former USC Assistant Mike Ekeler On Life As Coach

Former USC linebackers coach Mike Ekeler wrote a letter to the Lincoln, Neb., Journal Star about his recent experience looking for a job. An excerpt:

“Dec. 4th, I was sitting in my office game-planning for our bowl game and noticed who I thought was Peter Sirmon (Sark’s LB coach from Washington). He was in the office across the hall filling out H.R. paperwork. I walked over and introduced myself as the “former LBs coach at USC.” I ended up meeting with Sark the next day and told him if he hadn’t brought his defensive coaches from UW, I wouldn’t have respected him or wanted to work for him. During the next three weeks, I became friends with all the new coaches. It was unusual. We shared our offices and they watched the bowl practices. Dec. 21 we won our bowl game, and I’m officially on the street.”

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  • LamontRaymond

    Life as a football coach is brutal…

  • Independent_George

    So who is making calls for Orgeron? Uko and Grimble? Guess that is why he is unemployed.

  • Joseph B. Lowe

    Life in the Big City Mikey


    Wolf you missed a Kiffen connection! He said towards the end that Kiff made some calls for him.

  • Tom Oday

    The good old boy system. Doesn’t always work out for the best.

  • tostevinUSC

    So he ended it with go huskers sic’em dogs. What no Fight on?

  • RIP Lane Kiffin

    Class guy. After the Stanford game, my friend’s 10 year old who was attending his very first USC game ran onto the field with his big brother. He met Ekeler who handed him a business card and told him to send his game videos to him in a few years. The boy still talks about that.