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Orgeron Still Looking For Job

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Ed Orgeron did a commendable job as the interim USC coach, but he was unable to turn it into a head coaching position. Will he sit out 2014 or accept a job as an assistant coach? Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images.
Ed Orgeron did a commendable job as the interim USC coach, but he was unable to turn it into a head coaching position. Will he sit out 2014 or accept a job as an assistant coach? Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images.

As the interim coach at USC this season, Ed Orgeron had the Trojans playing well enough to start a sort of movement to let him keep the permanent job.

USC, of course, hired Steve Sarkisian instead, and an insulted Orgeron wasn't going to stick around and serve on Sarkisian's coaching staff.

Many predicted he'd get a head coaching job somewhere. Orgeron looked much more prepared to lead a team at USC, where he went 6-2, than at Ole Miss, where he went 10-25 in three seasons ending in 2007.

Still, he spent the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., last week unemployed, Sports Illustrated reported.

"Oh, I'm going to coach again," he told SI. "I'm keeping my options open. I've had several inquiries."

The biggest question: Should Orgeron pursue a defensive coordinator job (Arkansas and Rutgers have openings), or enjoy some extended time with his family and hope to land a head coaching gig at the end of the 2014 season?

According to the Sports Illustrated report, it sounds like Orgeron has done plenty of networking. And the biggest strength on his resume may be the overwhelmingly positive reaction of USC's players to his two-month tenure.

Then again, he's not guaranteed a head job, and he won't be as coveted next year after sitting out a season. He didn't get a head job this year despite generating buzz.

Whatever he chooses to do in 2014, Orgeron clearly has his mind set on becoming a head coach again.

"Obviously, there were a lot of things that we did right [at USC]. And there are still some things I need work on," Orgeron told SI. "We ran one of the top programs in America and did a pretty good job."