Who says jamborees don’t count?
Try telling that to a certain dad sitting in the stands Friday night in Mandeville.
His son, one of the top receivers in the New Orleans area, didn’t make any catches and didn’t have any return yards in the jamboree.
Something tells me Ed Orgeron didn’t mind one bit.
“It was awesome just being a dad and sitting with my family and supporting my son and supporting the team,” Ed Orgeron said.
Orgeron, the former Ole Miss head coach and USC interim head coach, isn’t coaching college football this season.
Other than when he took a year off in 1993, this marks the first season in 27 seasons Orgeron hasn’t been busy coaching college football.
His son Parker, who had right at 500 receiving yards as a sophomore, is thrilled that his dad gets to watch.
“It’s great,” the junior receiver said. “I love to play for him. I love him watching me. Just having him at practice and at the games means a lot. He just wants to be dad. He is not trying to be too much of a coach now.
“He just lets me play my game, and he can be just a dad for once after all these years.”
And if you think Parker Orgeron is thrilled his dad is in the stands watching the Skippers play this year, you should see the enthusiasm of Kelly and Coco Orgeron.
Kelly is Coach O’s wife. Coco is his mom.
Those two had the tedious task last season of sending play-by-play text messages to Orgeron while he was busy on the West Coast coaching at Southern Cal.
“I had started getting good at it,” said 73-year old Kelly Orgeron.
“They finally get a break this year,” Coach O said.
For Kelly Orgeron, it’s a welcomed relief.
“This may be the only opportunity that we both are able to be here and watching,” Kelly said.
“He got a chance to come to a playoff game once, but other than that this is probably the first time we have got to watch him play since Pop Warner ball.”
Kelly held out her hand, showing how tall (well short) little Parker was during those days.
Now he is just a tad bit under 6-foot tall and is a sure-handed weapon for the Skippers.
He said there is no added pressure with his dad watching him from the stands.
“There’s no pressure because I know whether I play well or not, when I come home he is going to be there for me,” he said.
What type of advice does the receiver get from his defensive-minded father.
“The most he talks to me about is technique,” Parker said. “So I try to do the little things right, so I can do the big things right.”
Coach O’s coaching doesn’t just go to his sons though.
Moments after Mandeville’s 10-7 victory over Franklinton, he was giving a few pointers to a Mandeville assistant.
“If someone asks me for a pointer, I try to give it to them,” Orgeron said. “If they don’t, I won’t. Here’s the deal. Let the coaches coach. Let the players play. And let the fans be fans. I am a fan now.”
Orgeron plans to return to coaching next season.
But for now, he is just a fan.
And he is quick to point out that being a fan wasn’t going to just stop on Friday nights.
He planned to be a fan on Saturday as well as college football games were being played all across the country.
Here’s what Coach O had on his agenda Saturday.
“I am going to get up. Go work out. Watch the (Mandeville) game film. Cook for my boys. Then just watch as many football games as I possibly can.”