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. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ed Orgeron Close to Joining Staff at Alabama

Former USC interim head coach and defensive coordinator Ed Orgeron may be on track to join Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama, according to Rend Getlin of Yahoo! Sports.

Saban’s pursuit of Orgeron comes on the heels of his hiring of Lane Kiffin as the Tide’s new offensive coordinator. Orgeron and Kiffin coached together at Tennessee before both moved back to USC, so it is no surprise that Orgeron would be willing to follow Kiffin to Alabama.

While the Kiffin hire was met with plenty of skepticism, there is likely to be little resistance to Orgeron’s potential hiring. Long considered one of the best recruiters in the country, Orgeron instantly improves Alabama’s already fertile recruiting efforts. His skill as a position coach is also reknown enough that it would be hard to consider him much of a step down from former Tide defensive line coach Chris Rumph, who departed Alabama for Texas. Incidentally, Rumph replaces Bo Davis, who was just hired as USC’s new defensive line coach.

Orgeron resigned from his post as USC’s interim head coach when he was passed over in favor of Steve Sarkisian for the permanent position with the Trojans. There was speculation that he would pursue a head coaching position somewhere but no real links ever cropped up.


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  • Michael Castillo

    It’s a no-brainer hire for Alabama. It’s a slam dunk. An obvious hire. And like Adam Gorney pointed out on Twitter, with Orgeron (and Kiffin), Alabama just further opened their door to the state of California.

    • agent13

      Agree. Not to mention that it will be that much more difficult for SC to recruit in Florida. How many recruits like Agholor, Allen and Williams will not be coming to SC because of the Orgeron-Kiffin Florida ties. At the end of the day, Kiffin’s time was up but Coach O’s really wasn’t.
      The only good thing about this is that the only time SC/Bama will play in the forseeable future if if they both make the playoff system – in which case it means that Sark did a great job – let’s hope that happens.

      • Michael Castillo

        I don’t think it necessarily cuts off the Florida pipeline at USC, but I do think it could be weakened, sure. As for the teams playing, that would be ideal for both teams, no doubt. Plus, I think it would be great if SC and Bama play in a season opener at a neutral site like Dallas.


      Still have the fact that a lot of California kids just plain don’t want to play in the deep south

  • Cloud Shaman

    Great move for both of them. Both sacrificial lambs for USC. They get to be understudies of two of the best college coaches or our generation Pete & Lou. Coach O will thrive in the South.

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  • horace

    Smart hire for Saban getting Eddie O.

    • Matthew Moreno

      Bruce Feldman reported this morning it likely isn’t happening.

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  • TrojanChuck

    Welp, guess this ain’t going down.

  • Rick

    Top talent come to USC because its SC !

    Alabama (Or any other team for that matter) has no affect on USC recruitment !!

    Florida players like California and vice versa so what happens at other schools/colleges has no bearing on USC !

    Win and they will come, that’s what matters…