In the dog eat dog world that is the Southeastern Conference, LSU took a chunk out of the rest of the kennel on Wednesday.
The Tigers officially hired Alabama linebackers coach Kevin Steele as their defensive coordinator and free agent Ed Orgeron as their defensive line coach.
“It’s a great day to be an LSU Tiger. My family and I are extremely, extremely excited to be a part of this football program,” Steele said. The move gets him back in a play-calling position, which he held at Clemson from 2009-12 and at Alabama in 2007.
Les Miles mentions that he “wanted to hire” Kevin Steele for “a while.” #LSU
— Ross Dellenger (@DellengerAdv) January 14, 2015
As we wrote last week, getting back into coaching was imperative for Orgeron. He wants to be a head coach again, but there are no jobs open and athletics directors would be unlikely to hire a new head coach out of the game for two years running. Couple that with the fact he has a son at LSU, twin sons heading into their senior years of high school in the state, and the man’s desire to simply get back in the game, and the fit was obvious.
“I want to thank Coach Miles for the opportunity to coach here. I look forward to be able to coach these young men and develop them into the great defensive lines we’re used to seeing. I can’t wait to go out and recruit with that LSU on my chest,” he said.
Coach Orgeron: I’m going to bring an aggressive and enthusiastic style. I can’t wait to go to work. #LSU
— LSU Football (@LSUfball) January 14, 2015