LSU has named Ed Orgeron its head coach, and Dave Aranda agreed to a three-year contract to remain defensive coordinator. The Tigers just need someone to call plays – and that someone could be Lane Kiffin.
You know, the offensive coordinator at Alabama.
And if not Kiffin, the Tigers reportedly want to bring in a major name to run the offense. But wouldn’t that be awkward for Orgeron? Wouldn’t it be awkward to have a big-name coordinator stealing the limelight from the head coach?
“You could argue that it’s awkward, but you could also argue that maybe LSU is on to something here,” Bleacher Report lead national college football writer Adam Kramer said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “Look, they’ve decided that they have a good fit for their head coach, a guy that knows the area, really has been a fan of the school their entire life and they’re going to get him at a relative bargain.”
Orgeron, 55, signed a five-year deal worth between $3-4 million annually.
“It seems strange, but in terms of that program in the SEC versus what they would have paid (Tom) Herman, they’ve basically been given $1.5-$2 million to allocate elsewhere,” Kramer said. “That probably is going to be the going rate for Lane Kiffin now. I actually like the fact that he’s been very open about hiring a ginormous personality that he can lean on and basically say, ‘Handle that side of the ball.’”
Besides, if Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin can co-exist, Ed Orgeron could co-exist with anyone.
“No one’s going to argue who’s in charge of that team,” Kramer said of the Tide, “but (Saban has) got a very polarizing personality in Lane Kiffin and things have worked just fine. I think there’s something to be said about doing that, and I think people respect and like Orgeron enough to where it won’t be a bad thing. I think Orgeron will be open about it, and I think $1.5-$2 million to pay an offensive coordinator – they’re going to have really nice names lining up to potentially take that job.”
So if Aranda, one of the top defensive coordinators in the country, is running the defense, and Kiffin, one of the top offensive coordinators in the country, is running the offense, what would Orgeron do? What would he oversee?
“I think in a lot of ways, what he’s done – what he did at USC and this year – is sort of his value,” Kramer said. “He became the heart and soul of broken teams. You can’t quite put your finger on what he was able to do – beyond the fact that he’s one of the best recruiters in country, which, if you’re in the state of Louisiana, you want to close the borders of your state and really attract marquee talent to your school. Ultimately with him, I don’t want to say that’s his primary objective – because your primary objective is to win conference championships and beat Alabama – but getting the talent there is something he’ll excel at.”