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Steve: Coach Orgeron ranked 3rd best CFB Louisiana?

Steve Geller
June 29, 2017 - 10:24 am

While there seems to be a lot of love for Ed Orgeron in the state of Louisiana, the rest of the nation might not be so enamored with the now full-time LSU head coach. Athlon Sports recently released their rankings of all 130 coaches in college football, and they have Oregon coming in at #81. In fact, Athlon doesn’t even have him as the top coach in Louisiana!  Tulane’s Willie Fritz came in at 59th while Skip Holtz from LA Tech is 67th.  

The article says:

“Orgeron is getting a second chance as a head coach in the SEC after a solid 6-2 stint as LSU’s interim coach last season. LSU is a dream job for the Louisiana native, and the Tigers are banking on Orgeron filling the CEO role, with well-paid coordinators Matt Canada (offense) and Dave Aranda (defense) essentially serving as head coaches on their side of the ball. The offense was a weakness under former coach Les Miles, but this unit played better after Orgeron loosened the reins last season, and the addition of Canada should pay immediate dividends. Orgeron’s first tenure in the SEC (2005-07) at Ole Miss did not go well. The Rebels were just 10-25 under his watch and won only three SEC games in that span. However, after a 6-2 run as USC’s interim coach in 2013, along with the stint last season, it seems Orgeron has learned a lot since the three-year run at Ole Miss. Orgeron should be better prepared for this stint at LSU, but is he the right hire to help the program close the gap on Alabama?”

Orgeron doesn’t measure up well in the SEC either according to Athlon.  They have him as the 13th best coach in the conference despite the Tigers having an 8-4 overall record last year.  The team was 6-2 under Coach O after Les Miles was fired. 

Nick Saban, Alabama (No. 1)
Dan Mullen, Mississippi State (No. 19)
Jim McElwain, Florida (No. 21)
Gus Malzahn, Auburn (No. 22)
Bret Bielama, Arkansas (No. 27)
Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss (No. 29)
Butch Jones, Tennessee (No. 30)
Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M (No. 40)
Will Muschamp, South Carolina (No. 55)
Mark Stoops, Kentucky (No. 60)
Derek Mason, Vanderbilt (No. 64)
Kirby Smart, Georgia (No. 65)
Ed Orgeron, LSU (No. 81)
Barry Odom, Missouri (No. 105)

Can we take these rankings seriously?  We shall hear from Orgeron and the rest of the Southeastern Conference’s head coach at SEC media days which begin on July 10th in Hoover, Alabama. 

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