How many hours of game tape has Nick Saban seen, and loved, from the 2013 USC Trojans?
According to reports, Saban is trying to lure former USC interim Head Coach Ed Orgeron to Alabama as the Defensive Line coach. Though there has been some fun fodder on Twitter reporting that a deal was done, it seems far-fetched to me and there is no deal eminent. Ed Orgeron left the Trojans when Steve Sarkisian was hired as the new Head Coach because he wanted to pursue a full-time Head Coaching gig. So, is he really going to take a d-line job?
Orgeron proved himself to be a legitimate Head Coach in College Football with his 6-2 record as USC’s interim Head Coach. He has earned the right to be a Head Coach at the FBS level. However, with most of the major College jobs filled at this point it seems unlikely that Orgeron is going to get his opportunity this season. Would he really go to Alabama and join his former boss, Lane Kiffin, on the Crimson Tide’s staff?
If Orgeron does decide to move on to Alabama, it would be a home run for Nick Saban and Alabama. Hell, it would be a game-winning walk-off Grand Slam. Orgeron is known as one of the finest recruiters in the country and has serious ties to the South. Even if Orgeron were only on the staff for one season he would be an incredible asset to Saban.
Should he take the job? Should he wait for a defensive coordinator position to open up at another major school? Should he take an FCS head coaching position and go the Gus Malzahn route? Wherever he goes he will succeed because his players absolutely LOVE him.
I don’t know what Orgeron is going to do; however, if I’m Nick Saban I’m throwing the kitchen sink at Orgeron to get him on the staff for a year or two. He’s that valuable to a team and a coaching staff. If you’re Orgeron, it never hurts having another National Championship on the resume.