Ed Orgeron has yet to coach a game as LSU’s permanent head coach, but he’s already gotten his first win. Whether it’s a short-lived victory remains to be seen.
Not long after reports had emerged Saturday morning, Orgeron was officially introduced at a press conference as the permanent successor to Les Miles. At the presser, Orgeron stated that, following a meeting with Dave Aranda this morning, he feels “confident” Aranda will stay on as the Tigers’ defensive coordinator.
#LSU coach Ed Orgeron: We plan on Dave Aranda being with us. Spoke to him this morning.
— Jim Kleinpeter (@JimKleinpeter) November 26, 2016
#LSU coach Ed Orgeron says that Dave Aranda is happy and that he’s confident that he will remain with the program.
— Mike Scarborough (@ScarboroughMike) November 26, 2016
Orgeron also added that he knows other teams will be interested in Aranda and are likely pursue the coordinator. Thus, it’s expected that LSU will give Aranda a new title as well as a substantial raise. In 2016, Aranda was paid $1.2 million, making him one of the highest-paid coordinators in the country. Whether it’s at LSU or elsewhere, Aranda is likely to become the highest-paid coordinator before it’s all said and done.
Entering Week 13, Aranda, in his first season at LSU after a three-year stint at Wisconsin, has guided a Tigers defense that ranks seventh nationally in scoring and 14th in yards per game.
The best part, at least as storylines go, of an Orgeron coaching staff could be yet to come as the new head coach will heavily pursue Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin for the same job at LSU. Orgeron and Kiffin are good friends from their days together at USC and Tennessee, and both hold a tremendous amount of respect for the other.
O on possible hiring Lane Kiffin: “All I’m going to say is I’m going to go out and get the best coordinator in football.” #LSU
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) November 26, 2016
Big selling point for #LSU AD Joe Alleva on Ed Orgeron was the plan he presented including Lane Kiffin as his OC & having more flexibility.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 26, 2016
Kiffin could get some looks as a head coach again, but Orgeron would be willing to wait to add Kiffin as he sifts through those opportunities.