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LSU head coach Ed Orgeron joined the ESPN Baton Rouge radio show "Off The Bench" Tuesday morning and commented on the hiring of new defensive coordinator Bo Pelini. Here's what he had to say:

On how Coach O landed on Bo Pelini as LSU's new DC:

“I’ve known Bo a long time. And obviously, with Coach Aranda, I knew one day that he would get a head job and we are happy for him,” Orgeron said. “I thought Bo was the best choice for LSU. When he came here, he had great defenses, some of the top defenses in the nation."

“I’ve known Bo for a long time, he and I have a great passion for the game and I think with the coaches we have on our staff, this is an excellent choice, the best choice, I feel, for LSU. I always want to bring the best to LSU. I think we got a great hire.”

On how the players will respond to Pelini's firey coaching style:

“I think they’re going to love it,” Orgeron responded. “Obviously, there are several ways to coach and everybody has to coach within their own demeanor. I love the way he coaches. You know, Coach (Pete) Carroll is a mentor of Bo Pelini and I, and I talked at length about Bo to coach Carroll, he said he’s one of the best defensive minds he’s ever been around. I talked to the Jack Marruci, I talked to Tommy Moffit, and I talked to the ex-players. They said he's one of the best defensive coordinators. He's highly recommended, I just thought he was the best choice."

On how Pelini has kept up with the evolution of college offenses:

“I think he had a good taste of it being at Nebraska, being in that league up there, he saw a couple of those offenses,” Orgeron said. "In fact, when he was a defensive coordinator, we went and talked to him about playing the spread when we were at USC. So, he knows how to play against the spread. He’s been in the NFL, he can defend anything, he’s a brilliant mind.”

On Pelini fitting in with the rest of LSU's defensive staff:

"It means a lot for continuity," Orgeron said. "I think we have an excellent defensive staff here. I talked to Bo about it, he was all for it. We talked at length about each assistant coach. He knew about them and was very impressed with all of them. Everything is going to fit in well. He's going to start work on Monday morning and we are just excited to have him. Just fortunate to have him, I'm glad he was available."

On whether LSU will run a 4-3 or 3-4 base defense under Pelini:

"We talked about it briefly. I think he knows how to do both, it’s going to be his decision on which way he wants to go and we will follow his lead."

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Beaux da heaux!!! Here we geaux…
Reply21 days
Damn right you gotta good hire
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Gotta be better than last years defense!!!
Reply21 days
Yep, that NC defense that shut down OU and Clemson really sucked. Keep believing that.
21 days
Good point CDaw but look at the entire season and don't forget....614 Yards to Ole Miss
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Alabama just swallowed hard..
Reply21 days
Great hire
Reply21 days
Was this the deciding factor for Burch and his parents to come on down to BR? Hmmmm I wonder if it had anything to do with it? Get Em O!
Reply21 days
There Ed O goes again just killing it cruitn. The guy know LSU and football at LSU. Bo can also sell that attacking style of defense or play a hybrid 4/3 like Aranda did his hybrid 3/4. Just grab those monster DLman and Backers!!
Reply21 days
"it’s going to be his decision on which way he wants to go and we will follow his lead". love it
Reply21 days
Anyone who doubts CEO at this point should just go away.
Reply21 days
Whomever downvoted me can also go away
21 days
Whoever*
21 days
Canebreak, a-holes will be a-holes . Let them downvote all they want . Ignore the ignorant. Geaux tigers !
21 days
Time to get back to being nasty. Somewhere along the way lost our identity. You play the tigers you get beat up. That's 100 as the kids say
Reply21 days
LSU’s defense is going to be nasty...... Great hire !!
Reply21 days
Excellent choice, these players will love Pelini I remember after beating ohio st for NC the players Gatoraded him and they were having a blast. Also he had some really strong players at LSU...GEAUX TIGERS
Reply21 days
Great hire.
Reply21 days
Love the last line, Coach O really is all about getting who he deems is the best and letting them do their job.
Reply21 days
Agreed. Let Bo evaluate what we have and run his D. While he may not have flashed elsewhere, Bo was nothing but elite at LSU.
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