Ed Orgeron officially said Monday what his work on and off the field as USC interim head coach has been shouting for two months: "I want to be the head coach at USC."
Orgeron said those very words for the first time publicly during an interview on ESPNU, declaring his intentions as a 5-1 record since Lane Kiffin was hired have made the boisterous 52-year old Cajun a viable candidate.
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"I love being a head coach," Orgeron said on "CFB Daily." "I think that it's something I'm able to do, and do well. And I want to be the head coach at USC when I get the chance. I think I can perform on a very high basis to do what the Trojan family wants me to do."
"Obviously, there is going to be a decision made here after we play UCLA," Orgeron said Saturday. "That's totally out of my hands."
Orgeron was previously the head coach at Ole Miss from 2005-07, posting a record of 10-25, 3-21 in SEC play. But using the George Costanza "opposite" policy, Orgeron has thrived and put himself in the mix at USC.