LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron is “very interested” in the head coaching opening at Syracuse, he told Syracuse.com on Monday.
“I have a lot of respect for Syracuse,” Orgeron told the website for a story published Monday. “Great private school, great education, great tradition. So, obviously, my interest would be very high. I’d be highly interested in getting that job. I think it would be a wonderful opportunity to go back there.”
Syracuse fired coach Scott Shafer on Monday after the Orange lost an eighth straight game. Shafer was 13-23 in his three seasons in New York.
Orgeron, 54, served as an assistant coach at Syracuse in 1995-97 under coach Paul Pasqualoni. He’s in his first year of a two-year contract with LSU that pays him $450,000 a year. Shafer made $1.4 million a year.
“I thought Coach Pasqualoni had an excellent plan in recruiting New York,” Orgeron told Syracuse.com. “And then we went down and got players in Florida. And we got Donovan McNabb out of Chicago. So it can be done. There’s a great tradition there. I think if you get the right mindset and the right people, then it’s a fantastic job.”
Orgeron is known as a pass-rushing guru and one of the nation’s best recruiters. He told the website that he’s had no contact with anyone from Syracuse but that “there would be obvious interest on my part.”
Orgeron was born and raised in South Louisiana, and he calls being at LSU his dream job, but there’s popular belief that he wants to again be a head coach. Orgeron was fired in 2007 after three seasons as head coach of Ole Miss. He went 6-2 as interim coach at Southern Cal in 2013 and was passed over for the job.
The news of his interest in Syracuse emerges as questions and reports swirl about LSU coach Les Miles’ job security with the Tigers.
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