Kiffin's critical decision

A new defensive coordinator will change USC's fortunes for better or worse

Updated: December 3, 2012, 1:17 PM ET
By Greg Katz | WeAreSC
Ed OrgeronChris Williams/Icon SMIEd Orgeron seems to be the logical choice to become defensive coordinator, but he's not the only candidate.
LOS ANGELES -- We've been down this road before. When a head coach is in hot water, the first to go are the assistant coaches, either by choice or directive, followed by the offensive or defensive coordinator or both.

Before this season, one of the bigger Pac-12 news items was the defensive coaching purge orchestrated by Washington coach Steve Sarkisian. After an incredibly embarrassing 67-56 loss in the 2011 Alamo Bowl, "Sark" dispatched longtime friend and defensive coordinator Nick Holt, once a fellow USC assistant.

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