The athletic director who fired Ed Orgeron at Ole Miss has a simple explanation for why the coach didn’t work out in Oxford, Miss.
Speaking to The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger, Pete Boone said Orgeron “just didn’t fit at that time for us” when describing the coach’s tenure with the Rebels. Orgeron went a forgettable 10-25 in three seasons with Ole Miss before being fired in November 2007. As expected, Orgeron’s connection with the school has received significant attention before he leads LSU as its interim coach against the Rebels on Saturday at Tiger Stadium.
Here’s more from Dellenger’s piece:
Pete Boone, the Ole Miss athletic director who fired Orgeron, admitted in an interview last month that the school planned to give Orgeron and staff another season before the collapse to Mississippi State in Starkville.
“I will say,” Boone said, “that I believe that the time Ed was here at Ole Miss was a real good time for him. Unfortunately, he had to have some experience being a head coach and that comes from doing it. He just didn’t fit at that time for us.”
Boone hasn’t spoken to Orgeron since he fired him in November of 2007, he said.
Ole Miss is a place the Orgerons would like to forget. The Tigers coach made that clear Saturday night after his team beat Southern Miss.
“Whatever happened there happened for a reason, and I moved on,” he said. “I’ve been a coach at several other places before. I don’t have many memories of that place that I want to remember.”
It’s easy to see why Orgeron would rather avoid revisiting his Ole Miss connection. Still, it’s interesting to learn that Boone planned for Orgeron to return for an additional season before Ole Miss allowed 17 consecutive points in the fourth quarter to lose by a field goal to Mississippi State, a result that made the Rebels finish 3-9.
Orgeron has done well in leading LSU to two consecutive victories since Les Miles was fired. A victory Saturday likely would be satisfactory on a number of levels for him.