Nov 23, 2013; Boulder, CO, USA; Southern California Trojans interim head coach Ed Orgeron before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field. The Trojans defeated the Buffaloes 47-29. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Is Ed Orgeron Joining Lane Kiffin At Alabama?

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:


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.

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  • paul02085 .

    please let this happen. Bama will rule college football (oh wait they already do). :)

  • Franklin Crittenden

    Starting in 1991, a series of personal problems began to surface for Orgeron: a local woman filed a restraining order against Orgeron, accusing him of repeatedly attacking her. In July 1992, Orgeron was arrested for his part in a bar fight in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Orgeron acknowledged he had been intoxicated that night and had grown angry when not allowed back inside to retrieve his credit card.[7] In October 1992, Orgeron took a leave of absence from the University of Miami coaching staff for personal reasons; the departure turned out to be a permanent one, however, and he was replaced by assistant coach Randy Shannon.[8] Taking a respite from coaching, Orgeron worked on his personal life: the permanent injunction against him was eventually rescinded, and the felony second-degree battery charges he faced were dropped.[

  • Collatz

    One year in a row without a national championship–pitiful! Clearly it’s time to bring in reinforcements. Is Knute Rockne available?

  • BigM027

    Ed won a championship with the U as a young coach. Love to see him go back

  • [email protected]

    Orgeron quits in a huff after being offered the HIGHEST PAYING ass’t. coaching job in the US, at a school with a far above average football tradition – but he doesn’t mind being 3rd string and continuing to lick Lame Kitten’s ass somewhere else?