2004 FOOTBALL MEDIA GUIDE
Assistant Head Coach
Ed Orgeron, regarded as one of college footballs premier defensive line
coaches, has been USCs defensive line coach the past 6 seasons (1998-2003).
He took on the added responsibility of recruiting coordinator in 2001. He was
named assistant head coach in 2003. He
joined the USC staff in January of 1998.
USCs 2002, 2003 and 2004 recruiting classes were ranked among the nations
top 5 (the 2003 and 2004 groups were listed
by many as No. 1). He was named the 2004 National Recruiter of the Year by The
Sporting News and Rivals.com.
In 2003, Orgeron guided USCs highly-regarded Wild Bunch II defensive
line (ends Kenechi Udeze, Omar Nazel and Frostee
Rucker and tackles Shaun Cody and Mike Patterson) as Troy led the nation in rushing
defense. Udeze was a consensus All-
American first teamer and a NFL first round pick, while Udeze, Cody and Patterson
all earned All-Pac-10 first team honors (the
most defensive line first teamers from any league school since Washington State
also had 3 in 1994).
In 1998, Trojan defensive tackle Ennis Davis was named to the All-Pac-10 first
team. USC played in the 1998 Sun Bowl, 2001 Las Vegas Bowl, 2003 Orange Bowl and
2004 Rose Bowl.
Orgeron, 43, has 19 years of coaching experience. He was Syracuses defensive
line coach the previous 3 seasons (1995-
97) and the Orangemen played in a bowl game each year (1996 Gator, 1996 Liberty
and 1997 Fiesta).
He came to Syracuse from Nicholls State, where he was the linebackers coach in
1994. Before that, he was the defensive line coach at Miami for 4 seasons (1989-92),
where he coached 8 All-Americans, including NFL first rounders Cortez Kennedy,
Russell Maryland and Warren Sapp.
In 1988, he was a graduate assistant at Miami, working with the defensive line.
During his tenure, the Hurricanes
won the national championship twice (1989 and 1991), finished second in the AP
poll once (1988) and third twice (1990 and 1992) while appearing in 5 New Years
Day bowls (1989 Orange, 1990 Sugar, 1991 Cotton, 1992 Orange, 1993 Sugar).
Orgeron also was a graduate assistant at Northwestern (La.) State, his alma mater,
in 1984 and McNeese State in 1985,
working with the defensive line at both schools, then was an assistant strength
coach at Arkansas for 2 years (1986-87). The
Razorbacks were in the 1987 Orange Bowl and 1987 Liberty Bowl.
He worked in private business in 1993. He was a 4-year starting defensive lineman
State, captaining the Demons as a senior. He received his bachelors degree
in liberal arts from Northwestern State in 1984.
He starred in football, basketball and track at South Lafourche High in Galliano,
Born July 27, 1961, he and his wife, Kelly, have 3 sons, Tyler, 11, and 5-year-old
twins Parker and Cody.
BIRTHDAY: July 27, 1961
FAMILY: Wife, Kelly; Sons, Tyler, 11, Parker and Cody, 5 (twins)
HIGH SCHOOL: South Lafourche HS, Galliana, La.
EDUCATION: Bachelors degree, liberal arts, Northwestern State, 1984
PLAYING EXPERIENCE: South Lafourche HS, Galliana, La.
Northwestern State, defensive lineman, 1980-83
COACHING EXPERIENCE: 19 years
YEAR TEAM POSITION BOWL
2003 USC Def. Line/Recruit. Coord. Rose
2002 USC Def. Line/Recruit. Coord. Orange
2001 USC Def. Line/Recruit. Coord. Las Vegas
2000 USC Defensive Line
1999 USC Defensive Line
1998 USC Defensive Line Sun
1997 Syracuse Defensive Line Fiesta
1996 Syracuse Defensive Line Liberty
1995 Syracuse Defensive Line Gator
1994 Nicholls State Linebackers
1992 Miami Defensive Line Sugar
1991 Miami Defensive Line Orange
1990 Miami Defensive Line Cotton
1989 Miami Defensive Line Sugar
1988 Miami Graduate Assistant Orange
1987 Arkansas Assistant Strength Liberty
1986 Arkansas Assistant Strength Orange
1985 McNeese State Graduate Assistant
1984 Northwestern St. Graduate Assistant
We will have full coverage of the press conference tomorrow.
Assistants I have heard for Orgeron. . .
First, Matt Luke and Jay Hopson will remain on staff. .
I also understand S&C Coach Ruben Mendoza and his staff will be retained, which
was expected from any new coach.
David Saunders, former in-house recruiting coordinator for David Cutcliffe and
current HC at Millsaps, will be on the staff in some defensive capacity.
Lane Kiffin, who coaches WR and is the passing game coordinator at USC, is a likely
candidate for a position on the offensive staff.
I also understand Ed may hire one coach out of the high school ranks, Frank Wilson,
who is well respected in the South Louisiana prep ranks. He might coach running
backs. . . All of this is from tidbits I have picked up, but not set in stone.
I don't know about the other assistants.