"We have been to over 10 camps the last two years and we have never been as impressed as we are with this one," said one father of a prospect. "This coaching staff is one of the best we have seen. They are great teachers, they take the time to teach, but everything is full speed. They are very easy to talk to."
When LSU coach Les Miles heard Orgeron was taking the Tennessee job as assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator, Miles drove to New Orleans after LSU’s win in the Chick-fil-A bowl and offered Orgeron a whopping $900,000.
Orgeron declined, saying he had given Tennessee and Kiffin his word that he would join the Vols’ staff.
Thus, Orgeron turned down $250,000 to go to Knoxville.
LSU recently hired former Tennessee defensive coordinator John Chavis to run its defense. You’ve got to wonder how Chavis, who will make about $500,000, feels about Miles offering Orgeron some $400,000 more than Chavis’ salary.
"I am excited and I will be up there sometime on Friday," Orgeron said. "And Monday morning I will be knocking on someone's door to recruit them to something that's going to be special in Knoxville."
Former USC assistant coach Ed Orgeron is expected to become associate head coach and defensive line coach at Tennessee.
Every year, Phil Steele flips out in his "Baylored" section over the axe that fell on David Cutcliffe in 2004 after his first losing season, only a year removed the Rebels’ best season in more than 30 years. Three years and one canned Cajun later, Phil, David and David’s new employer in Carolina look like the smart ones: