There’s been some noise circulating throughout the college football world about former LSU head coach Ed Orgeron visiting Notre Dame over the past few days.
Of course, Ed was relieved of his head coaching duties as LSU (took home a $17 million bag to do so), and is taking some time off before inevitably returns to coaching. When will that be? Who knows… but I can’t imagine Coach O stays away from the game very long.
Brian Kelly on the other hand, bailed on Notre Dame ahead of their bowl game and ran down to LSU to take that job. He developed that weird fake accent, started dancing with players like a weirdo… it was a bizarre start to the Brian Kelly era at LSU.
So what does Coach O do? Head on up to Notre Dame and pay a visit to the former school of the head coach that took your job.
After meeting with head coach Marcus Freeman and the team, Coach O had a bold prediction for the future of the program, according to Inside ND:
“What a tremendous, tremendous university you have here. What a great coach, and a great coaching staff you have. Some of the best players in the country are right here in this room.
I don’t know when it’s going to happen, but this staff, this team is going to win it all, you’re going to pick up the trophy.
I don’t know when it’s going to happen, I can’t tell you that. How bad you want it? You don’t have to wait for it. Why does somebody else need to be better than y’all?”
He also shared some advice to Freeman, which he learned from his rough stint as Ole Miss’s head coach, where he went 10-25 from 2005-2007:
“Don’t try to do everything. I tried to do everything at Ole Miss. You can’t do it. Hire your staff, believe in them, let them do it.”
“Let the players know that you really care about them. Offense, defense, special teams — get close to all of them. And I see him doing that.”
Coach Orgeron Might Have To Smack A Fool Before Spring Break Is Over…
I grew up in the middle of nowhere in Western Illinois and went to college at an EXTREMELY overpriced private school in downtown Chicago. Why? No clue…
And it wasn’t Loyola… so I don’t even get the college basketball hype every March (they lost today though).
And while it all led to me where I am today, one of my biggest regrets is not going to a big state school where college football is part of the lifeblood of the experience. And I know the SEC is whole ‘nother animal when it comes to college football, but at this point, I’d settle for a school that even had a football team…
I also never really to Spring Break. I mean, I went to Panama City Beach my junior year, but it was a shit show. I did it all wrong… but that’s neither here nor there.
But all that being said, if I had a school I could declare my allegiance to, I’d want Coach Ed Orgeron as they captain of the ship.
I mean, what a legend.
He may have cashed that $17 million dollar buyout check after this past season at LSU, and he may be taking a year or two off of coaching at the college level, but you’d be damned if you think Coach O is missing Spring Break.
He was spotted down in Cabo this week, holed up at the popular Mango Deck Beach Club.
The video conveniently leaves out what was said, but looks like these clowns started talking shit.
Coach O Says Joe Burrow Was The Smartest Person In The Room At LSU
Joe Shiesty, Joe Cool, Joe Burrrrrrow… Joey Big Brains?
Ok, I made the last one up, but according to Coach O, Joe Burrow was the smartest man in the room at LSU… and right there in that recruiting meeting, that’s when he knew Joe would be the quarterback to lead their team to the promised land.
But with a few of his LSU Tigers in Los Angeles for the Super Bowl this year, Coach O sat down for an interview with Dan Patrick, and got to talking about when he was recruiting Joe Burrow.
Dan asked Coach O when he realized Joe Burrow had that “it” factor that we’re all seeing play out before our very eyes right now?
It was back during his recruiting visit… but it wasn’t on the field. It was in the film room…
“He tells me, ‘coach I don’t wanna talk to you, I don’t wanna hear your recruiting game… I just wanna talk football and eat crawfish.’
I was kind of frustrated to be honest, I couldn’t get my claws on him… I never had a recruit that didn’t want to talk to the head coach.
We have a football meeting and we had set up some plays that he had run at Ohio State… and all of the sudden we start watching the film, I start asking Joe questions, and I figured out immediately that Joe was the smartest person in the room, including me and all the coaches. And I was happy bout that.
And that showed me his football intelligence what I saw in that meeting, that’s what you see today.”
Trying To Land Adrian Peterson
From 1998 Coach O was hired as the defensive line coach at USC under head coach Pete Carroll, and was later named recruiting coordinator in 2001, and assistant head coach in 2003.
After stops at Ole Miss, the New Orleans Saints and Tennessee, Coach O came back to USC in 2010, where he was one of the highest-paid assistant coaches in college football under Lane Kiffin. In 2013, when USC hired Steve Sarkisian instead him to replace Kiffin (he was the interim head coach at the time), he resigned.
Of course, we all know about his time at LSU and the rest is history.
But one of his biggest recruiting moves involved one of the best running backs of all time, Adrian Peterson.
“Man I loved him… we go down to see Adrian, and Adrian had a great relationship. He loved Pete Carroll, I felt like him and I were very tight.
I said, ‘well Adrian what is the key to getting you here at USC?’ He said, ‘well coach, my dad is incarcerated and Bob Stoops went to see him.’ Me and Pete Carrol tried to go see him and they wouldn’t let us in.
He said, ‘My dad is able to watch my games where he’s at if I go to Oklahoma.’
I tried to get the guy transferred to Los Angeles… I competed, couldn’t get it done, but I competed.”
Coach O and Pete Carroll literally tried to get his dad switched to a new prison so he could watch his games at USC. Granted, it didn’t work, but it brings a whole new meaning to “by any means necessary.”
Coach O will be taking the next year off, but this definitely isn’t the last of him.