Could we see Ed Orgeron in South Beach?
Coach Al Golden has already stated that he’ll be evaluating his entire staff the next coming weeks, and you’d have to think that means defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio is probably on his way out.
That opens the door for Orgeron, who is still unemployed as his options for a head coaching position are beginning to run out.
Orgeron would be an outstanding fit for this Hurricanes defense that has lacked an identity for several years now, coming off an awful season in which the unit finished 90th in total defense, allowing an average of 426.4 yards and 26.8 points.
Not only would Orgeron bring a fiery touch to the defensive side of the ball, but he’s an excellent recruiter that would attract local athletes to South Beach—something the Canes have struggled with in recent years.
Orgeron has ties to the school, tenured as the defensive line coach from 1988-1992 under Jimmy Johnson and Dennis Erickson. He’d be welcomed with open arms by Golden and the Miami family.
But of course, none of this would be valid if Golden decides to leave for another job.
Rumor has it that Penn State coach Bill O’Brien is on his way out to coach the Houston Texans, which would present an interesting scenario for the college football coaching landscape. Golden played tight end for the Nittany Lions from 1987-91 and coached the linebackers in 2000.
ESPN analysts Lou Holtz and Mark May claimed that Golden would be put in a better situation to succeed at Penn State during the network’s pregame show, causing a firestorm in the Hurricane community.
While both have a compelling argument, I’m not so sure Golden is ready to take on another program with heavy sanction issues after dealing with what Miami has had to go through the last few years.
“There's never been a better time to be at the University of Miami in terms of the educational opportunities, in terms of everything that we can afford,” Golden said on Friday. “I made a commitment to get it done and we're going to fight our asses off until we get it done.”
If Golden can get the right personnel to develop a Miami-worthy defense—and Orgeron should be his first phone call—the Hurricanes will be well on their way to returning to a national power.
*All quotes were obtained first hand.
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