December 3, 2013 |
Steve Sarkisian looked to his right at his wife and his three children. He acknowledged his parents seated before him a few feet away. Then USC's new football coach, who grew up in Southern California and coached at USC as an assistant, succinctly summarized his feelings in three words: "This is home. " At his introductory news conference, standing before a phalanx of television cameras in an auditorium packed with reporters and USC athletic department personnel, Sarkisian exhibited the confidence and presence that sold Athletic Director Pat Haden on the former Washington coach.
December 1, 2013 |
Ed Orgeron spoke with USC Athletic Director Pat Haden after the Trojans' loss to UCLA, but the interim coach said Sunday the subject was the game - not his future. Orgeron, who would like to become the Trojans' permanent coach, said no meeting with Haden had been scheduled. "We just talked about going ahead and recruiting, going ahead and doing what I need to do," Orgeron said during a teleconference with reporters. "He'll talk to me when he's ready, I'm sure. " With Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin agreeing to a contract extension, USC could pursue coaches such as Vanderbilt's James Franklin , Boise State's Chris Petersen and, perhaps, Washington's Steve Sarkisian . Jack Del Rio , the Denver Broncos' defensive coordinator and interim head coach, was interviewed by Haden in November.
November 18, 2013 |
Take a deep breath, Trojans Nation. The canonization of Ed Orgeron is premature. At least two games premature, to be specific. Nothing should detract from what Orgeron has done. His mop-up duty for Lane Kiffin has been spectacular. Beating Stanford on Saturday night was beyond surprising. Remember, these were basically the same players who lost to Washington State. At home. Orgeron has filled the Coliseum once again. He has his players loving their school and their team again, not to mention loving him. The night he won his first game as the new head man, beating Arizona at the Coliseum, his quarterback, Cody Kessler, told the media afterward that USC players would die for Coach O. The reaction after the victory over Stanford on the Trojans' 710 radio network Saturday night was that USC's football coaching search was over.
October 22, 2013 |
USC Athletic Director Pat Haden reacted Tuesday to the NCAA's decision regarding the University of Miami. "We have always felt that our penalties were too harsh," Haden said in statement on USC's website. "This decision only bolsters that view. "Beyond that, we have no further comment. " In 2010, USC was hit with some of the most severe penalties in college football history for violations related to former running back Reggie Bush. The sanctions included the loss of 30 football scholarships over three years.
October 12, 2013 |
The week before he won his first game as USC's interim coach, Ed Orgeron visited only one Friday night high school game to recruit. "Hopefully, in the future, I may be able to get a helicopter and get to about four or five," he joked, "but we're not doing it yet. " He is now. Orgeron, who guided USC to a 38-31 victory over Arizona on Thursday, was scheduled to helicopter over the Southland on Friday night in search of future Trojans....
October 11, 2013 |
The late Junior Seau's younger brother Tony has died, according to U-T San Diego. The family told the paper that Tony Seau, 36, died Thursday of an unknown cause. Junior Seau, a former All-Pro NFL linebacker, took his own life in May 2012 at his Oceanside home. It was later determined that he had a degenerative brain disease. Tony Seau was a defensive tackle at El Camino High School in Oceanside, and played defense at Palomar College in San Marcos. He also played offensive guard for the North County Cobras, a semi-pro minor league team in Oceanside.