Not So Fast My Friend
Just when it looked like Orgeron was all but on his way to LSU, Coach Kiffin and his father Monte were able to convince the one-time coach of the Ole Miss Rebels to join the staff at Tennessee, instead.
News broke last night that Orgeron had accepted an offer to be the Vols recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach. He will also bear the title of associate head coach.
By earning roughly $650,000 annually, Coach Orgeron will immediately become one of the highest paid assistant coaches. He still sits behind new Tennessee defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin’s annual salary of $1 million. These two salaries, plus the rest of the staff, should push UT’s total staff salary close to $3 million annually.
It was widely rumored that Orgeron would be heading back to the college ranks this season, due to his passion in recruiting and developing young players. Over the last week, his choices seemed to boil down to either Tennessee or LSU. But the idea of being able to coach again with long-time friend Lane Kiffin, who Orgeron worked with at USC under Pete Carroll, and to coach alongside famed defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin was enough to push Orgeron to choose Tennessee over LSU on the eve of a brand new year.
It will be interesting to see what Orgeron can do before national signing day in terms of bringing in one or more highly touted recruits.
Go Big Orange.