Steve Sarkisian became USC's fourth coach in the past four months but would like to have USC's two interim coaches this season on his staff next year.

Sarkisian said Sunday that he'll reach out to Ed Orgeron, who went 6-2 as USC's interim coach, and ask him to be a part of his staff. Clay Helton, the interim coach during the Trojans' 45-20 win over Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, already has committed to returning to USC.

Orgeron resigned after Sarkisian was hired Dec. 2. Orgeron took over when Lane Kiffin was fired after a 3-2 start.

"I am going to pursue Ed one more time," Sarkisian said on ESPNLA 710. "Ed's meant a lot to the Trojan family."

Sarkisian has more motivation to reach out to Orgeron after news surfaced last week that Tosh Lupoi, his defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Washington, was being investigated for potential NCAA violations.

Orgeron was USC's defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator before becoming interim coach. It was believed Sarkisian wanted Lupoi to handle both jobs, but Lupoi likely is no longer in USC's plans.

  • USC junior safety Dion Bailey is expected to announce Monday that he'll make himself available for the NFL draft, the Los Angeles Times said. Receiver Marqise Lee also is expected to announce soon that he'll enter the draft.

  • Texas A&M suspended star freshman linebacker Darian Claiborne after he was arrested on drug possession charges in Brazos County. The Aggies face Duke in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31.

    Winter sports

    Shaun White placed third at the U.S. Grand Prix slopestyle contest in Copper Mountain, Colo. "This is top-30 finish, top American finish, so I'm very happy," said White, who's been hampered by an ankle injury. He needed the top-30 to fulfill the minimum Olympic qualifying standard. As the top American, and the only U.S. rider to finish in the top three over the first two selection events, it puts him in the driver's seat to earn a spot on the U.S. roster with three qualifiers left.

    Baseball

    The Dodgers are closing in on a one-year contract with former All-Star closer Chris Perez, a person familiar with the situation told the Los Angeles Times. Cleveland released Perez, 28, on Oct. 31.

  • Alex Cabrera, who played part of the 2000 season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, broke the Venezuelan record for most homers in a season. He hit No. 21, a grand slam that surpassed the mark set in 1980 by Bo Diaz. Cabrera, 41, plays for Los Tiburones in the winter league.

    Horse racing

    Hollywood Park closed for good, ending 75 years of racing that featured Seabiscuit, Citation, Zenyatta and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984. The track in Inglewood will be turned into a residential and retail development. Jack Van Berg, the 77-year-old Hall of Fame trainer, blamed the cities of Inglewood and Los Angeles and the state for the closure. "It's pathetic. They did everything they could to kill racing," he said.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.