March 3, 2009

The Big 'O' Lands In Big Orange Country

The entire landscape of the Tennessee football program has changed in the last three months to the point that 2009 is truly the beginning of a new era in Volunteer football. As you'd expect, anticipation for the start of that new era is running high, as are long term expectations. New head coach Lane Kiffin essentially shoved that anticipation into overdrive by assembling a staff that includes some of the most well known assistant coaching names in college football.
 
One of those names is Ed Orgeron, a man with a near legendary track record as a recruiter. Orgeron cut his teeth in the coaching business as young graduate assistant doing the grunt work of helping Jimmy Johnson assemble Miami's dynasty in the early 90's.
 
He gained a national reputation for overseeing recruiting efforts at USC that sped the Trojans on a remarkable run to start this decade that still shows no signs of slowing down.
 
More recently he stockpiled enough talent as the head coach at Ole Miss that Houston Nutt was able to step in after Orgeron and the school parted ways following the 2007 season and guide the Rebels to a nine-win season that included a win over national champion Florida and a Cotton Bowl victory over Texas Tech.
 
He spent the last year as the defensive line coach for the New Orleans Saints, but now is back in the college game, which he says is where he belongs.

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