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.
Hearing Ed Orgeron may be the new DL coach at #Alabama. Nothing definitive yet, but source says it’ll happen “unless they hit a snag”.
— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) January 13, 2014
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.