Ed Orgeron, the LSU alumnus who’s hoping to win the full-time head coaching gig, was once recruited by Bear Bryant to come play at Alabama.
According to The Advertiser’s Glenn Guilbeau, Orgeron said that he was one of the legendary Alabama coach’s targets in 1978. However, his father, Ed Sr., wasn’t going to let his son end up a member of the Crimson Tide.
“Here’s the deal,” Orgeron said. “Bear was going to come to my house, but my daddy told him not to. So no, he didn’t come. Dad said, ‘My boy’s going to LSU.'”
The elder Orgeron’s words held a lot of wait for Ed Jr., who said, “I listened to my dad. My dad said something, I did it.”
Bryant was persistent, however. An Alabama assistant eventually did visit the Orgerons, but it didn’t advance any more than that.
“That was a school I was considering,” Orgeron said. “I always got letters and stuff like that. An Alabama coach did come. I forgot who it was. And I got to talk to the Bear on the phone, but no, he didn’t come to my house or to South Lafourche.”
Guilbeau noted that a rumor has recently been spreading that Bryant did actually visit the Orgeron home. There’s also a story that Bryant landed at Orgeron’s high school in a helicopter to come watch one of his games.
The LSU coach denied all of that though.
“No. No. No sir. That might be legend, but that isn’t true,” Orgeron said. “But I did get recruited by Alabama. That was a school I was thinking about. No question.”