On Monday it was announced that Washington coach Steve Sarkisian had accepted the USC Trojans’ head coaching position. According to ESPN’s Brett McMurhpy, that news didn’t sit well with interim coach Ed Orgeron.
Orgeron was reportedly “outraged” that he didn’t receive the job offer, and resigned from his position. Offensive coordinator Clay Helton will likely coach the Trojans for their bowl game.
Ed Orgeron “outraged” didn’t receive USC job & resigns. OC Clay Helton expected to coach bowl, source told @ESPN
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) December 2, 2013
Orgeron went 6-2 as the Trojans’ head man, but finished off with a humbling, 35-14 loss to cross-town rival UCLA.
While Orgeron was able to turnaround USC’s season, Athletic Director Pat Haden repeatedly stated that he would be making a hire based on the longterm health of the program; not a short-sighted hire based off of this year’s success.
For a coach hoping to land a big-time job, this move by Orgeron could potentially hurt his chances of being hired somewhere else. You have to wonder why he didn’t just stick it out for another month.
*UPDATE* Just after 6:00 p.m. ET on Monday, Coach O sent out the following tweet in support of Trojan Nation.
GOD BUILT US TO LAST. I LOVE YOU TROJAN NATION. FIGHT ON !
— Coach Ed Orgeron (@CoachOUSC) December 2, 2013