Most USC fans argue justifiably that when Norm Chow left for greener pastures our offense became less prolific, resulting in the end of our Championship run. What seems to be forgotten by many is the cavernous void that was left in the soul of our coaching staff when Coach Ed Orgeron moved to Ole Miss. Even though there were many mistakes on offense, the 2005 loss to Texas to a large extent was the result of a miserable defensive performance, early shades of what we're suffering now. I would argue that losing Ed Orgeron caused more long term damage than losing Norm Chow.
Coach O came to USC in 1998 to work for Paul Hackett, and PC had the foresight to rehire him as his Defensive Line Coach and Recruiting Coordinator in 2001. No one on our current staff knows how to recruit like Coach O. For the most part, Ed Orgeron was responsible for reeling in the magnificently underrated classes that took us to the promised land, and his defensive lines created havoc in opposing backfields the likes of which we haven't seen since he left. Jethro Franklin has been a disappointment this year (just like in 2005), so Coach O's talent as Defensive Line coach would be extremely welcome.
PC has done a lot for the Lane and Monte Kiffin and it's time for them to return the favor. Coach O would come at a reasonable price. John Solomon of the Birmingham News posted the salaries of the highest paid SEC assistants; not surprisingly Coach O is on the list, making a doable $650,000.00. He is worth every penny. If PC can find it in his head to make just one change, this one would create the mother of all turnarounds. In a few years PC can ascend to Football Mount Olympus and hand Coach Orgeron the keys to the Cardinal and Gold Chariot with it's Noble White Steed.
BRING BACK COACH ORGERON!