Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban caused a sensation by hiring former USC Trojans coach Lane Kiffin to take over on offense. Now the rumor mill is churning with anticipation that another Trojan coach may join him.
Tide defensive line coach Chris Rumph has departed for Austin to join new Texas Longhorns coach Charlie Strong, and speculation has begun that Ed Orgeron might replace him.
Orgeron took over as interim coach at Southern Cal after the firing of Kiffin, and went 6-2 as the Trojans’ head man.
Orgeron is no stranger to the SEC, having coached the Ole Miss Rebels from 2005-2007. He’s also no stranger to Lane Kiffin, having coached for him at both Tennessee and USC.
He’s also no stranger to the NCAA, having been looked at for recruiting violations, along with his former boss, Kiffin. This time around, both men would report to Saban, who runs a clean ship, but knows how to bend the rules until they scream while still staying on the right side of the road.
Tuscaloosa News columnist Cecil Hurt may have given us a couple of hints, having tweeted something we already knew:
Alabama DL coach Chris Rumph will join Charley Strong at Texas, which will lead to no end of Ed Orgeron speculation.
— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) January 12, 2014
And his Sunday column casually references Orgeron again while discussing the limits of Kiffin’s job description:
Yes, a quarterback will have to catalyze them. That, and some recruiting, is what Kiffin’s charge will be. Nothing else — no media, no fretting over discipline, no outside distractions other than feeding Ed Orgeron if he happens to join the staff as well.
Whether or not Orgeron is headed to Alabama, Tide fans calling for Saban to make changes have gotten their wish in spades. And more may be on the way.