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Ed Orgeron reportedly applying for Wake Forest, Florida Atlantic jobs

Ed OrgeronEd Orgeron resigned as a coach at USC on Monday after the Trojans hired Steve Sarkisian as their new head coach, and it looks like he is not wasting any time getting his name out there for potential head coaching jobs.

According Scott Wolf of the LA Daily News, Orgeron is applying for the Florida Atlanta and Wake Forest head coaching jobs.

The Florida Atlantic vacancy was created when Carl Pelini resigned over a supposed drug issue (the real reason he was let go was his 5-15 record). The Wake Forest job opened when longtime coach Jim Grobe resigned on Monday.

CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman refuted Wolf’s report about Orgeron applying for the Florida Atlantic position, saying there was “no truth” to that report.

Whether it’s true or not that Orgeron has already applied for those two jobs, you can be certain that he will be aiming for another head coaching job. After several successful years as a USC defensive line coach and recruiter, Orgeron was given the chance to become a head coach at Ole Miss. He went 10-25 in three seasons and was fired from the job. He then went to the NFL but returned to college to become an assistant on Lane Kiffin’s staff at Tennessee in 2009. He moved with Kiffin back to USC a year later, and he went 6-2 as the program’s interim head coach this season.

Now that his name is back in the spotlight thanks to his solid performance as the interim coach, Orgeron will want to capitalize. It makes sense to put his name in the hat for coaching jobs while his name is in the news.

After seeing him struggle at Ole Miss, I don’t think he’ll succeed somewhere else, but based on his experience and success as a recruiter, someone might be interested and willing to give him another shot.

Ed Orgeron resigns, reportedly ‘outraged’ over Steve Sarkisian hire

Ed Orgeron USCWith USC naming Steve Sarkisian as its new head coach today, the move is already having a domino effect in L.A. coaching circles.

Ed Orgeron, who led the Trojans to a 6-2 record as interim coach after taking over for Lane Kiffin, reportedly was outraged by USC athletic director Pat Haden’s decision and resigned, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.

Orgeron immediately becomes a hot candidate for several jobs, particularly in the Pac-12. Washington would be at the top of the list. The Huskies could also try to woo UW alum and current UCLA head coach Jim Mora as their pick? Or maybe Mora adds more heat to the UCLA-USC rivalry by hiring Orgeron to his staff at UCLA?

Ex-USC DL Bob DeMars: Coach motherf—ed me for leaving practice to go to class

Bob DeMars USCFormer USC defensive lineman Bob DeMars recently had some unflattering things to say about the way the football programmed approached academics when he was in school.

DeMars, who was a member of the Trojans’ football program from 1997-2001, said in an interview with Time that the program emphasized athletics and somewhat discouraged academics. He told Time he was discouraged from majoring in the school’s prestigious cinema program like he wanted to. Instead, he was persuaded by the athletic department to study business.

“When I signed with USC, no one said good luck on your degree. No one said, go to school and get good grades. You’re not a student-athlete. You’re an athlete-student,” DeMars told Time.

DeMars still managed to get into filmmaking after school. He made an award-winning documentary called, “Adjust Your Color: The Truth Of Petey Green,” which aired on PBS. He is now attempting to make a film questioning the NCAA and college athletics. He even has a Kickstarter page for the proposed film, where you can go to sponsor the project.

DeMars says the de-emphasis on academics was so bad that defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, who coached at Ole Miss and the New Orleans Saints before returning to USC, used to curse at him for leaving spring practice 20 minutes early once a week to attend a mandatory statistics class.

“He M-F’d me all over the place,” DeMars recalled to Time. “He made me feel like a bad person for going to class.”

DeMars still says Orgeron was a brilliant defensive line coach who helped him improve, but he thinks the coach could have still been effective without undermining education. He even says he got the “stink eye” from Orgeron for leaving practice to go to class.

None of these stories will come as a surprise to fans. DeMars was on the team before it rebuilt into a powerhouse under Pete Carroll. They were only a .500 team and still emphasized football over academics to that extent, so you figure this sort of thing goes on in most programs.

Though college football is big business, each athlete needs to do what is best for himself. They need to realize that it is unlikely for them to play professionally, so they should look out for their future, regardless of what the coaches say.

Despite the obstacles from the football program, DeMars had a 2.96 GPA at USC and was a 2001 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention.

Photo via DeMars’ Kickstarter

Ed Orgeron, Kiffin Want to Crush UCLA

ed-orgeron3The game between UCLA and Tennessee this weekend is already being billed as “The Blabber Bowl.” Sounds like a good nickname to me. Even Tennessee coach and former USC d-line coach Ed Orgeron is kicking off the gabbing pretty early:

“You will not find anybody else in the world that wants to beat UCLA more than Ed Orgeron and Lane Kiffin, so these boys better be ready. They’re going to find out what it is to prepare for a big game. And you know what? I think our guys are going to be ready for the outcome of last year. You can hear it in the locker room. I don’t think there needs to be any extra motivation to beat the Bruins.”

Can’t say I blame the guy — UCLA’s colors are light blue and yellow, and the team stunk when Ed was at USC. As for Lane, pretty weird that he opened his yapper all offseason but now he’s staying relatively quiet during the year. I guess he’ll just settle for putting up 28 points in the fourth quarter against Western Kentucky instead. No question Kiffin doesn’t like Norm Chow and that this in some ways resembles a USC/UCLA game because of the staffs. Mix in last year’s win by UCLA and you know the bad blood will be flowing early. Problem is that neither program quite has the horses to embarrass the other. Should be a struggle the entire way.