Blue and Gold Illustrated

Oct. 21, 2013 Issue

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 58 of 108

Game Preview: USC A Fresh Face Interim coach Ed Orgeron is recharging the Trojans during his honeymoon as USC's head man T By Dan Murphy he final straw for USC head coach Lane Kiffin came during the third quarter of a blowout 62-41 loss to Pac-12 rival Arizona State on the last Saturday in September. It was then, during a 28-0 run by the Sun Devils with a bye week looming ahead for USC, that athletics director Pat Haden decided to cut ties with the fourth-year head coach. Kiffin's bosses let him know he was no longer employed when the team arrived at the airport in Los Angeles early the next morning. Later that day, former defensive line assistant and recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron took over as the interim head coach. He has since filled the Trojans' (3-2) locker room with the fresh air it needed. Simple and subtle changes like inviting media back to practice and adding butter and dessert to the training table meals have made for a more hospitable atmosphere in October, according to Scott Schrader, who covers the Trojans for 247Sports. "All the players are extremely excited. The words 'pumped up' and Orgeron spent his first week in charge trying to restore some of the loose, fun atmosphere that former head coach Pete Carroll became known for during his time (2000-09) at USC. photo by john mcgillen

Articles in this issue

Archives of this issue

view archives of Blue and Gold Illustrated - Oct. 21, 2013 Issue