Athlon Sports ranks Ed Orgeron 81st in coaches

It’s no secret that Ed wasn’t the first choice for LSU or their fans, but he is now their head coach and even though he had success replacing Lane Kiffin at USC, his tenure at Ole Miss was a failure. Since then he’s bounced around and ultimately landed with the Tigers and became a great recruiting asset. How will he fair in his first season, well, who the hell knows, but what we can tell you is that Athlon ranked all coaches and put Orgeron at 81st. They also put Lane Kiffin at 80th, so the list may be about as credible as the name of the guy who wrote this post.

81. Ed Orgeron, LSU
Orgeron is getting a second chance as a head coach in the SEC after a solid 6-2 stint as LSU’s interim coach last season. LSU is a dream job for the Louisiana native, and the Tigers are banking on Orgeron filling the CEO role, with well-paid coordinators Matt Canada (offense) and Dave Aranda (defense) essentially serving as head coaches on their side of the ball. The offense was a weakness under former coach Les Miles, but this unit played better after Orgeron loosened the reins last season, and the addition of Canada should pay immediate dividends. Orgeron’s first tenure in the SEC (2005-07) at Ole Miss did not go well. The Rebels were just 10-25 under his watch and won only three SEC games in that span. However, after a 6-2 run as USC’s interim coach in 2013, along with the stint last season, it seems Orgeron has learned a lot since the three-year run at Ole Miss. Orgeron should be better prepared for this stint at LSU, but is he the right hire to help the program close the gap on Alabama?

Of course you know who the first and second ranked coaches are; Saban and Meyer, but the rest of the top 10 may surprise you.

3. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan
4. Jimbo Fisher, Florida State
5. Dabo Swinney, Clemson
6. Chris Petersen, Washington
7. David Shaw, Stanford
8. Bill Snyder, Kansas State
9. Gary Patterson, TCU
10. Bobby Petrino, Louisville

Athlon also ranked the coaches by conference and Orgeron came in 13th out of 14.

1. Nick Saban
2. Dan Mullen (really?)
3. Jim McElwain
4. Gus Malzahn
5. Bret Bielema (really?)
6. Hugh Freeze (really? amidst all their problems?)
7. Butch Jones (eh)
8. Kevin Sumlin (slipped the last few years for sure)
9. Will Muschamp
10. Mark Stoops
11. Derek Mason
12. Kirby Smart
13. Ed Orgeron
14. Barry Odom