Ed Orgeron named Ole Miss' 35th head coach

The Rebels will start a new era tomorrow when USC assistant head coach, Ed Orgeron, will be announced at a 10:00 am press conference as the new Ole Miss head coach.<br>

Assistant Head Coach
Defensive Line
Recruiting Coordinator
Ed Orgeron, regarded as one of college football’s premier defensive line coaches, has been USC’s defensive line coach the past 6 seasons (1998-2003).

He took on the added responsibility of recruiting coordinator in 2001. He was named assistant head coach in 2003. He
joined the USC staff in January of 1998.

USC’s 2002, 2003 and 2004 recruiting classes were ranked among the nation’s top 5 (the 2003 and 2004 groups were listed
by many as No. 1). He was named the 2004 National Recruiter of the Year by The Sporting News and Rivals.com.

In 2003, Orgeron guided USC’s highly-regarded “Wild Bunch II” defensive line (ends Kenechi Udeze, Omar Nazel and Frostee
Rucker and tackles Shaun Cody and Mike Patterson) as Troy led the nation in rushing defense. Udeze was a consensus All-
American first teamer and a NFL first round pick, while Udeze, Cody and Patterson all earned All-Pac-10 first team honors (the
most defensive line first teamers from any league school since Washington State also had 3 in 1994).

In 1998, Trojan defensive tackle Ennis Davis was named to the All-Pac-10 first team. USC played in the 1998 Sun Bowl, 2001 Las Vegas Bowl, 2003 Orange Bowl and 2004 Rose Bowl.

Orgeron, 43, has 19 years of coaching experience. He was Syracuse’s defensive line coach the previous 3 seasons (1995-
97) and the Orangemen played in a bowl game each year (1996 Gator, 1996 Liberty and 1997 Fiesta).

He came to Syracuse from Nicholls State, where he was the linebackers coach in 1994. Before that, he was the defensive line coach at Miami for 4 seasons (1989-92), where he coached 8 All-Americans, including NFL first rounders Cortez Kennedy, Russell Maryland and Warren Sapp.

In 1988, he was a graduate assistant at Miami, working with the defensive line. During his tenure, the Hurricanes
won the national championship twice (1989 and 1991), finished second in the AP poll once (1988) and third twice (1990 and 1992) while appearing in 5 New Year’s Day bowls (1989 Orange, 1990 Sugar, 1991 Cotton, 1992 Orange, 1993 Sugar).

Orgeron also was a graduate assistant at Northwestern (La.) State, his alma mater, in 1984 and McNeese State in 1985,
working with the defensive line at both schools, then was an assistant strength coach at Arkansas for 2 years (1986-87). The
Razorbacks were in the 1987 Orange Bowl and 1987 Liberty Bowl.

He worked in private business in 1993. He was a 4-year starting defensive lineman at Northwestern
State, captaining the Demons as a senior. He received his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Northwestern State in 1984.
He starred in football, basketball and track at South Lafourche High in Galliano, La.

Born July 27, 1961, he and his wife, Kelly, have 3 sons, Tyler, 11, and 5-year-old twins Parker and Cody.

BIRTHDAY: July 27, 1961
FAMILY: Wife, Kelly; Sons, Tyler, 11, Parker and Cody, 5 (twins)
HIGH SCHOOL: South Lafourche HS, Galliana, La.
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree, liberal arts, Northwestern State, 1984
PLAYING EXPERIENCE: South Lafourche HS, Galliana, La.
Northwestern State, defensive lineman, 1980-83
2003 USC Def. Line/Recruit. Coord. Rose
2002 USC Def. Line/Recruit. Coord. Orange
2001 USC Def. Line/Recruit. Coord. Las Vegas
2000 USC Defensive Line —
1999 USC Defensive Line —
1998 USC Defensive Line Sun
1997 Syracuse Defensive Line Fiesta
1996 Syracuse Defensive Line Liberty
1995 Syracuse Defensive Line Gator
1994 Nicholls State Linebackers —
1992 Miami Defensive Line Sugar
1991 Miami Defensive Line Orange
1990 Miami Defensive Line Cotton
1989 Miami Defensive Line Sugar
1988 Miami Graduate Assistant Orange
1987 Arkansas Assistant Strength Liberty
1986 Arkansas Assistant Strength Orange
1985 McNeese State Graduate Assistant —
1984 Northwestern St. Graduate Assistant —

Special Note

We will have full coverage of the press conference tomorrow.

Coaching Tidbits

Assistants I have heard for Orgeron. . .

First, Matt Luke and Jay Hopson will remain on staff. .

I also understand S&C Coach Ruben Mendoza and his staff will be retained, which was expected from any new coach.

David Saunders, former in-house recruiting coordinator for David Cutcliffe and current HC at Millsaps, will be on the staff in some defensive capacity.

Lane Kiffin, who coaches WR and is the passing game coordinator at USC, is a likely candidate for a position on the offensive staff.

I also understand Ed may hire one coach out of the high school ranks, Frank Wilson, who is well respected in the South Louisiana prep ranks. He might coach running backs. . . All of this is from tidbits I have picked up, but not set in stone. I don't know about the other assistants.

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