Two days after Kansas fired football coach Charlie Weis, there is at least one outside candidate with interest in the job. Former Ole Miss and USC interim coach Ed Orgeron told USA Today on Monday that the KU job was an attractive opportunity.
“It’s a Power Five (job),” Orgeron told USA Today’s George Schroeder during an appearance in Little Rock, Ark. “(Mark) Mangino went 12-1 and went to the Orange Bowl. It’s in a great conference. His staff proved that you can do it.”
Kansas is looking for its third full-time coach since Mangino left in messy fashion following the 2009 season. Defensive coordinator Clint Bowen, a former Kansas player who served as an assistant under Mangino and Weis, will serve as the interim candidate for the final eight games of the season. KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger told The Star on Sunday that Bowen will be a candidate for the full-time job.
“It’s a challenging job,” Orgeron said of Kansas. “But most jobs you get, there’s gonna be some things you’re gonna have to fix.”
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Orgeron, a former assistant coach under Pete Carroll at USC from 1998-2004, was the head coach at Ole Miss from 2005 to 2007, recording a 10-25 record. He returned to USC in 2010 to coach under then-head coach Lane Kiffin. After Kiffin was fired last season, Orgeron guided USC to a 6-2 mark as the Trojans’ interim head coach. But he was not retained after USC hired Washington coach Steve Sarkisian.