Ed Orgeron and Lane Kiffin had worked together at USC previously, so it was no surprise when Orgeron joined Kiffin’s staff at Tennessee in 2009.
But that same season, former LSU coach Les Miles offered Orgeron a spot on his staff.
Why didn’t Orgeron join the Tigers then?
“I thought about reneging on the Tennessee deal. I left earlier in the morning and when I landed on the tarmac in Tennessee, I got an [LSU] offer that was kind of hard to refuse,” Orgeron said, according to Ross Dellenger of The Advocate. “The reason I had gone to Tennessee is because Lane and I were good friends, and I wanted to coach under Monte Kiffin’s defense.”
Orgeron also told Dellenger that he regrets not joining LSU’s staff at that time “every day.”
It has worked out for Orgeron now, however, as he is 3-0 since taking over as the Tigers’ interim head coach since Les Miles was fired in September. After this week’s bye, Orgeron takes on his former boss Kiffin, who now serves as offensive coordinator at Alabama.
Because of the impending matchup, Orgeron and Kiffin, who talk regularly, may be putting their friendship on hold for a few weeks.