Ed Orgeron is Americaâ€™s interim head coach.
When LSU made the decision to fire Les Miles just four games into his 12th season on Sunday, they didnâ€™t have to look far to find his temporary replacement.
Miles hired Orgeron as his defensive line coach in 2015. Miles should have known, though â€” if youâ€™re coaching for your job, donâ€™t put Ed Orgeron on your coaching staff. Miles saved his job when he ended 2015 with two straight wins, but his 2-2 start this season was enough for LSU athletic director Joe Alleva.
Even if the Miles decision screams overreaction, LSU couldnâ€™t have chosen a better replacement. Orgeron has been in this position before.
In 2013, USC head coach Lane Kiffin was fired on the tarmac of LAX after the Trojans were embarrassed 62-41 at Arizona State. USC was 3-2 at the time, but it had a tough schedule ahead. It needed a change and Orgeron was the guy to lead it.
USC won six of its first seven games with Orgeron, including wins over No. 4 Stanford and at Cal. When USC beat Stanford on a late field goal, it was a surreal scene at the Coliseum. Orgeron turned a lost season into a success.
But it wasnâ€™t perfect. USC lost 35-14 to UCLA, which likely cost Orgeron the full-time USC gig. Still, USC won its final two games to finish 10-4 â€” a record that nobody saw coming after the ASU loss.
And now Orgeron has another opportunity. Another lost season to turn into a success with five ranked opponents looming on the schedule.
If LSU had to fire Miles, history surely suggests Orgeron isÂ the rightÂ replacement.
Source: USA Today Fan Sports Poll