Former Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron looks like he’ll be one of many candidates — at least in public conversation — for the defensive coordinator position at LSU.
It’s still too early to get a read on who the real candidates will be.
Orgeron makes sense. While his time as Ole Miss head coach was disastrous his most recent body of work was pretty successful as interim coach at USC last season. He led the Trojans to six wins in eight games and went 6-1 in the Pac-12, doubling the number of SEC wins he had in three seasons in Oxford.
You would think being a head coach involves certain qualities that would fit well as a coordinator. That’s something Orgeron hasn’t done much, however, is coordinate a defense. He’s been defensive line coach a lot, assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator.
If Les Miles is looking for a bona-fide proven defensive coordinator that may work against Ed.
Just hours before Ed was introduced as head coach at Ole Miss I finally got him to answer his office phone at USC. It was the only number I had on him. I dialed it repeatedly. When he finally answered it he congratulated me on being “relentless” then answered a few questions. One of them was, “Has the Ole Miss administration expressed concern that you’ve never been a coordinator?”
It’s a logical path for assistants before they become a head coach.
Ed assured me that the administration had expressed no concerns.
You never know how that coaching carousel is going to spin. There was a lot of talk about Ed as head coach at La.-Lafayette if Mark Hudspeth were to take a bigger job, but Hudspeth is still with the Cajuns.
In his time of unemployment Ed has made himself available for interviews quite a bit.
Looks like he was on Baton Rouge radio this morning.
Here’s an update on the LSU defensive coordinator search from The Baton Rouge Advocate.