He's even getting support from the man that he replaced on an interim basis.
Lane Kiffin, who was fired on September 28, thinks it's pretty obvious that Orgeron should be the man that Pat Haden hires as the new head coach:
"That's easy. That's already done. It should be Ed Orgeron," Kiffin said. "How can you argue what he's done? You have someone right there who has been at SC in some great times, he's won national championships there, he understands the Trojan way, the players love him and the assistant coaches love him.
Despite the way that Kiffin's tenure ended, it shouldn't be too much of a surprise that Kiffin has come out in support of Orgeron.
Coach O has been an assistant under Kiffin for years, and these are the players that Kiffin helped recruit to his program. Although, I'm sure USC's transformation since Orgeron took over has Kiffin shaking his head since he couldn't get anywhere close to the same type of production out of them.
For once, I may actually agree with something Lane Kiffin said.
Considering how well the Trojans have played under Orgeron, it may be tough for Haden and USC to go in an entirely different direction. Does Orgeron have a great track record as a head coach? No. But does Orgeron have a rapport with the players and coaches right now that is leading to massive success? Absolutely.
So, do you mess with success and venture into the unknown? That's the question Haden has to be asking himself every hour of the day. Of course, it also depends on who the other potential candidates are for the job. For example, is it a bigger risk for USC to hire Orgeron permanently, or is it a bigger risk to bring in Jack Del Rio from the NFL? I'd argue that there's much more risk involved with the latter.
If USC can win at Colorado, and then take out rival UCLA, it's going to be hard to deny Orgeron the job. He will have went 7-1 with wins over Stanford and UCLA, and will have ended the season on a six game winning streak.
It's certainly going to be interesting to see what USC decides to do. For now though, just like Kiffin said, Orgeron seems like Haden's best choice.
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