Thursday Morning Update

Spanning the globe on a Thursday morning …

Lots of inter-mingling between Ole Miss and LSU last night, starting LSU’s hiring of former Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron as its new defensive line coach.

The news made the Twitter rounds in the morning on Wednesday, and Ed was introduced along with new LSU defensive coordinator Kevin Steele at an afternoon presser.

There were interesting quotes sprinkled throughout the presser including this one:

I haven’t been a close Ed watcher since he left Ole Miss, but I don’t recall many, if any, public take downs of the Rebels. This probably had more to do with being in the moment than anything else.

Watching those tweets roll out yesterday I wondered if John Vaught would have taken a job at LSU. Based on a lengthy visit with him in his den in the spring of 2003 my guess is no.

Ed’s hiring gave birth to a “recruiting dream team” discussion. Our @OxfordCitizenJD was charting Ed’s early recruiting steps.

Any time you add a talented recruiter to your staff you get stronger. I don’t see this as a titanic shift in the balance in the SEC West, however. LSU already recruits well. One of the problems LSU has on an annual basis is trying to convince underclassmen to stay in school.

One of the LSU beat writers at last night’s basketball game — another Tigers’ win, 75-71 — suggested that the presence of Ed could make it harder for Alabama coach Nick Saban to swoop down to his old stomping grounds and take away Louisiana talent.

I could see that becoming more difficult for Saban.

I’m still waiting for reaction from Landon Collins’ mom on Collins’ decision to leave Alabama for the NFL early. Her reaction to his commitment to Alabama over LSU was memorable.

In other news …

Here are some LSU media takes on last night’s Ole Miss loss.


Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy thought his team was lethargic and called its effort mind-boggling:

Also …

Former Mississippi State basketball coach Bob Boyd, more known for his time at USC, has died at the age of 84.

A lineup change helped Kentucky guard the perimeter better against Missouri than it had in overtime wins over Ole Miss and Texas A&M. …

And Kevin Steele isn’t the only Alabama assistant to hangĀ out a shingle with an SEC West rival this week. …

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

Posted in Basketball, Football
  • UMBBFan

    When your team leader has the emotional range equal to the height of Sebastian mom’s tortilla, then you are going to have a lot of lethargic games. Also this seems to be the way that Andy’s teams play. He has had two years where his team played with emotion (Marshall haters object here.). He has managed to take most of the emotion out of Siaz and Moody. When will he learn? During his 10th year at Ole Miss? Please tell me that we won’t have to find out!

  • James M

    Coach O should love Ole Miss. Ole Miss was the only team dumb enough to give him a chance to be a head coach. It wasn’t Ole Miss’s fault that Ed is not a head coach. I understand being mad about getting fired but his record at Ole Miss speaks for itself.

    • Parrish Alford

      I assume he has grown from that experience. His run as interim at USC suggests that. Haven’t heard his name deep into too many conversations as HC or DC.

      • Lee814

        He certainly has a good defensive mind and is an excellent recruiter. He may end up at a DC position some time in the future.

      • James M

        It seems like no one even wants coach O as their DC much less HC. Do you know if coach O ever been a DC before?

        • Parrish Alford

          When Ed was transitioning from USC to Ole Miss I was told by some close to the program that he could have been defensive coordinator there but Pete Carroll wanted to run his own defense. Ed had an assistant head coach title there, as I recall, and was in some ways being groomed to be a head coach.

  • Lee814

    “Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy thought his team was lethargic and called its effort mind-boggling:” Well coach, whose responsibility is it to get the team ready to play? This is the one thing that is consistent with OM basketball, that they will play inconsistently year after year. Great play in one game and barely show up the next. This team has too much talent to lose a home game like this.

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