A possible Coach O homecoming appears to be over. Despite recent rumors that the Trojans and Orgeron were in talks over a possible reunion, it appears that Orgeron will remain in his current role as the defensive line coach at LSU.
According to Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News, Coach O is still upset over his dismissal two years ago after leading the Trojans to a 6-2 record as interim coach.
Former USC coach Ed Orgeron is not expected to return as the Trojans’ defensive line coach, according to sources.
Orgeron, who is currently the defensive line coach at LSU, enjoyed a cordial call with USC coach Clay Helton but decided to remain with the Tigers. Sources said Orgeron remains unhappy with his dismissal two years ago after going 6-2 as USC’s interim coach in 2013.
According to 247Sports.com, Orgeron recently said he was not looking to leave LSU to take an assistant job.
"I’m happy here (at LSU)," Orgeron told Tiger Rag radio earlier this week. "Actually, me and my family talked. It would have to be an outstanding head job at a Top 5 school. I don’t think that’s going to happen right now. I think I need to earn my stripes here at LSU and see what happens down the road. But, I’m not looking to leave to be an assistant anywhere else.
"I’m happy to be at LSU. I think it’s one of the best jobs in the country."
An Orgeron homecoming would have been great for USC. During his four years at USC, Coach O was beloved by his players and also a fan favorite. Many wanted Orgeron to return to USC part of Sarkisian's staff, but the former decided to take a year off instead of taking a demoted role.