Orgeron comments on 2005


Ed Orgeron’s run as USC coach is complete with the hiring of Washington’s Steve Sarkisian.

The vibe coming out of Los Angeles does not sound like USC interim coach Ed Orgeron will be retained as the full-time coach of the Trojans.

Since becoming interim coach for the Oct. 10 game against Arizona, Orgeron went 6-2. All six wins were Pac-12 games. In a month and a half Orgeron doubled the number of conference wins that he had in three years at Ole Miss. His eight games as USC interim did not include a game against a non-BCS opponent, which accounted for seven of his 10 wins at Ole Miss.

The Trojans lost their regular-season finale 35-14 to cross-town rival UCLA last Saturday. It was a matchup for Orgeron against UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, who Orgeron fired from Ole Miss after one season, 2005.

In this pre-game account last week in the LA Times, Orgeron talks about his relationship with Mazzone and reflects on the Ole Miss offense in that 2005 season in kinder, gentler tones.


Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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