USC interim coach Ed Orgeron resigns; will not coach bowl

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Ed Orgergon went 6-2 after replacing Lane Kiffin. (USATSI)
Ed Orgergon went 6-2 after replacing Lane Kiffin. (USATSI)

USC interim coach Ed Orgergon will not coach the Trojans in a bowl game, resigning after learning about the school's decision to hire Washington coach Steve Sarkisian.

"Ed is one of the greatest Trojans ever and we thank him for all he has done for the program," athletic director Pat Haden said on Monday. "He and I had a very open and frank discussion. He understandably was disappointed when I told him we were going in a different direction. We talked about the possibility of him remaining at USC, but Ed wants to be a head coach and I am supportive of that. I told him I will do whatever I can to help him in that pursuit."

Orgeron reportedly held an emotional meeting with the team, saying goodbye before beginning his search for other head coaching opportunities. According to Bruce Feldman, Coach O was in good spirits despite the roller coaster day in Los Angeles.

So what is next for Orgeron? After leading cleaning up the mess left by Lane Kiffin and leading the Trojans to a 6-2 finish on the season, Orgeron has repaired some of the negativity surrounding his brief tenure at Ole Miss. Orgeron's recruiting has never been in doubt, now it is a matter of finding the right fit.

Early reports have suggested interest in FAU and Wake Forest, though Feldman already reported that there is "no truth" to the rumor regarding the Owls' job. Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe just resigned Monday afternoon; so it is unlikely that any serious inquiries have been made yet.

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