He was in the program for three-plus seasons under Lane Kiffin.
“Just roll with the punches,” Bailey said. “I feel like I’ve been doing that ever since I got here.”
Bailey was a safety at Lakewood High, and he played that position while redshirting in 2010. He was moved to linebacker in 2011 and 2012 before returning to safety this season.
Hence, the need to embrace change.
“Nothing is permanent but this university,” Bailey said last week. “That’s about the only thing that’s going to be here forever.”
Bailey will enter Thursday night’s game against Arizona with a team-leading 28 tackles and two interceptions.
Bailey and other veteran players seemed noticeably looser last week as the Trojans went through off-week workouts.
The fourth-year junior was among those coaching in what Orgeron dubbed the “Trojan Bowl,” a scrimmage for young players and walk-ons. A few hours afterward, Bailey tweeted: “Today’s practice was the funnest practice i have ever been apart of, Love it !! #FirstTrojanBowl.”
USC was off Saturday. The Trojans return Sunday to resume preparations for Arizona.
“I feel like we had a great bye week,” Bailey said, “and now we’ve just got to prepare our butts off and explode in the Coliseum.”
Defensive end Leonard Williams, who has experienced Orgeron on a daily basis as a position coach since arriving at USC in 2012, is happy that all players are now doing the same.
“It’s like whoa!” Williams said, laughing. “It’s kind of crazy but it’s fun. I wouldn’t want to be coached by any other person.”
Williams said Kiffin “was a great guy and did all he could for us.” But the Trojans “don’t want to take any steps back.”
USC’s 62-41 loss at Arizona State has not been forgotten.
“Our defense never should have allowed a game like that,” Williams said. “We’re waiting for Arizona, just to take everything out on them, I guess.”