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:
Orgeron said he watched and cheered every #LSU game, "Especially when they beat Ole Miss." Shakes Miles hand, "Thanks, coach."
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.
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:
Former Mississippi State basketball coach Bob Boyd, more known for his time at USC, has died at the age of 84.
Larry Eustachy. Kermit Davis. Richard Williams. Butch Pierre. We were all at Ms. State with the great Bob Boyd. Respect.
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 hang out a shingle with an SEC West rival this week. …