Orgeron became, somewhat, of the people’s champ during his eight-game run as USC’s interim head coach.
He won six games including a signature win over a Stanford team that was top-5 in the country at the time.
He injected enthusiasm into a program that was sinking in that department under the previous head coach.
Players loved him. Fans loved him. The USC administration elected to go in a different direction eventually hiring Sarkisian away from Washington.
USC tried to keep Orgeron on staff. Sarkisian tried to as well but Orgeron declined the opportunity to stay and elected to return home to Louisiana disappointed by the fact that he would not be the USC head coach.
"I was heartbroken and I couldn’t fake it," Orgeron told The Times.
He now appears to have gotten over his heartbreak and is ready for a possible return.