The USC Trojans relied on Ed Orgeron to lead their team through the season after they fired Lane Kiffin. However, when USC chose to hire Steve Sarkisian to be their new head coach, Orgeron left the program and said he planned to look for a head coaching position. ESPN reported on Dec. 22 that USC is still hoping to convince Ed Orgeron to return to the team as an assistant.
The reason for Orgeron's frustration was evident. After taking over a struggling franchise from the fired Kiffin, he led the team to a 6-2 finish and a bowl game appearance. As a result, he left the program before the bowl game and Clay Helton took over the lead the team to a nice 45-20 win over Fresno State in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl.
Abandoning his players after not getting the shot to be the head coach next season is not the best trait for a coach, but Steve Sarkisian still wants to reach out to Orgeron to return next season as one of his assistant coaches for the Trojans. Sarkisian also said he will reach out to Helton to return to the program as well.
Sarkisian said that he completely understands the emotions that Orgeron was feeling when he lost out on the chance to lead the team, but he hopes that his love for USC will convince Orgeron to return. Of course, the chance of his return will not just be a calming of emotions, but also the opportunities that he might find with other schools after such a promising year with USC.
One of the main reasons that Sarkisian will approach Ed Orgeron to return is because USC's defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Tosh Lupoi will likely be on his way out after reports surfaced that the NCAA was investigating him for rules violations by paying for tutoring and online classes for recruits.