Orgeron up for coach of the year

USC interim head coach Ed Orgeron was named a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award given to the coach of the year.

How could he have ever seen this coming?

It was a dream for defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron to be named the head coach of the USC Trojans after the firing of Lane Kiffin (Although he admitted, it would have been nice for it to have happened under better circumstances).

So what does it mean for Orgeron to now be named a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award, given to the collegiate coach of the year?

"Our focus is on Colorado, obviously" Orgeron said after Wednesday's practice. "But I did hear that.

"My first thought went to the players and the coaches," he continued. "Guys are doing a tremendous job here. It's a total team effort, it's not about individuals."

Orgeron's name is listed among the likes of Alabama head coach Nick Saban, Florida State's Jimbo Fisher, and Ohio State's Urban Meyer.

Orgeron has led the Trojans to an improbable 5-1 record since taking the team over on Sep. 29.

USC beat Oregon State in Corvallis (Ore.) for the first time in nearly a decade to start Nov. On Saturday, USC beat No. 5 Stanford for the first time in four years.

"This [award] is just a reflection of what the team is doing," Orgeron said.

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