Southern Cal’s firing Monday of coach Steve Sarkisian might have some LSU fans worrying the school could come after former USC assistant and current LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron.
According to an ESPN report, Orgeron is not on a list of possible candidates that Southern Cal has started compiling.
Orgeron spent more than 10 years covering two different stints as a Southern Cal assistant coach. He served as interim head coach for the last eight games of 2013, when USC fired coach Lane Kiffin. The Trojans went 6-2 with Orgeron at the helm, and many thought Southern Cal would hire the Louisiana native for the full-time gig.
USC passed on Orgeron for Sarkisian, then the coach at Washington. Orgeron was “outraged” by USC athletic director Pat Haden’s decision, even though Haden offered to make Orgeron an assistant head coach and one of the nation’s highest paid assistants, according to an ESPN story.
Orgeron spent the 2014 season out of football and living with his family in Mandeville before coach Les Miles hired him. The coach, known for his pass-rushing coaching techniques and recruiting prowess, has helped turn the Tigers into one of the better defenses nationally. They have 12 sacks through five games. That’s just seven fewer than last season’s total through 13 games.
Orgeron, in one of his first actions as coach, visited defensive end Arden Key. Key committed to the Tigers not long after, citing Orgeron’s hire and visit. Key, a four star prospect, has started the last two games for a a team that’s 5-0 and ranked No. 6 nationally.