There Are Similarities – Striking Ones – Between Ed Orgeron’s Getting The LSU Job And His Hiring At Ole Miss

This isn’t a shot at Ed Orgeron. It’s just an interesting piece of information which shows how the public-relations and sales campaign LSU’s new coach waged during his time as the interim head man has been done successfully before.

This is a screenshot from an electronic version of the book Meat Market by Bruce Feldman, which deals with Ed Orgeron’s time as Ole Miss’ head coach. And in this passage Orgeron’s hiring is discussed…

Much was made of the binder Orgeron presented to LSU athletic director Joe Alleva on Friday as part of an interview in which he purportedly “blew away” Alleva and his search committee.

One wonders whether anyone on the search committee had read Meat Market, or if they had whether the similarity had struck them at all.

You’d have to think somebody had read the book. Because if a book was written about someone you’re considering hiring for a job that pays more than $3 million per year, it would seem to be imperative that you read that book.

If no one on Alleva’s search committee read it, that would seem to be a dereliction of sorts and an indication of shoddy vetting – would it not?

This isn’t intended to predict LSU is in for the same results Orgeron had at Ole Miss. We think he’ll do far better at LSU than he did then. And the fact that he presented the LSU brass with the same basic material that he showed Khayat and Boone a decade ago doesn’t mean much of anything – it got him a job then and it got him a job now, but that doesn’t mean he’s the same coach he was then.

But if they’d read Meat Market one would surmise they might have been a little less likely to be “blown away” by a written plan Orgeron showed them.

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