As stopgap measures go, it seemed reasonable.
Yes, have defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator/associate head coach Ed Orgeron take over the sinking ship known as USC until a suitable replacement could be found to permanently replace the fired Lane Kiffin — except that Orgeron has refused to play along.
From the moment that the gravelly voiced Orgeron took over, he promised he would bring the fun back to Trojan football and, along the way, he hoped to win a few games, too.
Five games into his audition for the permanent job, Orgeron has delivered on his promise.
Now 4-1 since taking over and bringing the joy back for his players, "Coach O" has USC relevant again.
How relevant? Say hello to ESPN on Saturday in Los Angeles.
Whether or not Orgeron can get the "interim" removed from his title remains to be seen, but could anyone have seen ESPN coming to LA a month ago?
Following are some compelling reasons for Orgeron to get a chance to permanently coach the men of Troy, although they come with conditions attached.