Ed Orgeron was originally brought to USC as its defensive line coach by Paul Hackett in 1998. He was eventually retained by Pete Carroll, took on the added role of Recruiting Coordinator in 2001, and was named asst HC in 2003. Orgeron won National Recruiter of the Year honors in 2004, the same year he was hired by Ole Miss to replace David Cutcliffe. Orgeron was fired in Nov 2007.
When Lane Kiffin abruptly left Tennessee for the USC job, he hired Orgeron back as an asst in Jan 2010, making him one of the highest paid Pac-12 assistants ($650,000 per year). After Kiffin was fired on the tarmac following the 62-41 loss to Arizona State on Sept 28, 2013, Orgeron was named interim HC for the rest of the season.
Orgeron coached USC to a 6-2 record but lost to both Notre Dame and big to UCLA, 35-14. He was passed over by Pat Haden who instead named Steve Sarkisian the next Trojan HC. Orgeron immediately resigned when he heard the news and some Trojan fans still believe Orgeron earned a shot at the job now held by Clay Helton.
In Jan 2015, Orgeron accepted the DL coach position at LSU. On Sept 25, 2016, Les Miles was fired after a loss to Auburn and Orgeron was named LSU’s interim head coach. On Nov 26, LSU named Orgeron its 32nd full-time head coach.
John Clay (MiamiHerald.com) ranks the SEC coaches — 1. Nick Saban, Alabama 2. Kirby Smart, Georgia 3. Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M 4. Gus Malzahn, Auburn 5. Dan Mullen, Florida 6. Mark Stoops, Kentucky 7. Will Muschamp, South Carolina 8. Barry Odom, Missouri
9. Ed Orgeron, LSU: Starting his second season as the “permanent” head coach after eight games as the “interim” head coach in 2016, Coach O will start facing pressure to produce. The Tigers were 9-4 last year. Tigers fans won’t put up with that for long.
10. Chad Morris, Arkansas 11. Matt Luke, Ole Miss 12. Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee 13. Derek Mason, Vanderbilt 14. Joe Moorhead, Mississippi State