AirTalk for December 3, 2013

USC hires Steve Sarkisian as coach; interim coach Ed Orgeron resigns

UCLA v USC

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USC's former interim head coach Ed Orgeron. Orgeron left the school after Steve Sarkisian was offered the head coaching job following Saturday's loss to UCLA.

One thing that’s certain is that college sports are never lacking in drama. USC's announcement Monday that Washington Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian was hired to lead the school's beloved football team was met with shock for some, and with lukewarm excitement for others.

Interim coach Ed Orgeron had done a stand-out job as coach of the team, despite the team's loss to UCLA on Saturday, and many team members hoped he'd be given a shot at the big job. Orgeron abruptly quit when Sarkisian's hire was announced in the hunt for a head coaching job elsewhere.

What's behind the choice of Sarkisian? If the team would have won against UCLA on Saturday, would Orgeron have the job? How does Sarkisian's ties to USC factor into his hire? What obstacles and challenges does he face stepping into the current climate at USC's locker room?

Guest:
Gary Klein, USC Football beat writer for the L.A. Times

Andrew Zimbalist, Professor of Economics at Smith College and one of the country's top sports economists


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