Saturday, October 1, 2022

Former Ole Miss Head Coach Ed Orgeron Accepts Role at LSU

After spending the 2014 season out of football, former Ole Miss head football coach Ed Orgeron has accepted a job as the new defensive line coach at LSU, according to FootballScoop.

Ed Orgeron led the Rebels from 2005 to 2007.
Ed Orgeron led the Rebels from 2005 to 2007.

The Larose, Louisiana. native was the Rebels’ head coach from 2005-2007, finishing with a 10-25 record in Oxford. The braggadocios boy from the Bayou was fired after a 3-9 season that saw the Rebels fail to win a conference game.

Since then, “Coach O” spent time as the defensive line coach for the New Orleans Saints, Tennessee Volunteers and USC Trojans. After the dismissal of then-USC head coach and current Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, Orgeron took over as the interim head coach for the “Men of Troy.” The team responded well under him, going 6-2 in his eight games at the helm. USC ultimately decided to hire Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian to become the permanent head coach, with Orgeron resigning shortly after.

While this is Orgeron’s first stint in Baton Rouge as a coach, he actually spent his freshman year of college on the Tiger football team before transferring to Northwestern State. This isn’t his first coaching job in the state of Louisiana either. In addition to his year with the Saints, he spent time as a graduate assistant at his alma mater as well as McNeese State, and in 1994 he was the linebackers coach at Nicholls State.

The hiring of Orgeron paves the exit for incumbent Brick Haley, whom has held the position since 2009. Haley will be assigned a non-coaching position with the team.

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