Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
During SEC Media Days on Monday, Ed Orgeron gave an honest explanation about how he interviewed former LSU defensive coordinator Bo Pelini.

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Q. You talk about doing your homework and hiring the new coaches, and you kind of mentioned this on the Zoom call back in the spring, but maybe a clarification. The coaches you hired in 2020, did you interview all of them or part of them? I'm just trying to get -- you weren't clear when you talked about that.

ED ORGERON: There were some interviews that were not face to face. There were some hires that were made. I know the guy, he knows me, let's talk about it. Hey, this is what we're going to run, stuff like that.

When I hired Boyd, it was not a formal interview. That's probably what you're asking. I believed in him, and it just didn't work. I said I would never do that again. Every one of these guys, I interviewed them in person. I had a long interview with them, specific questions that I asked, things that I maybe should have asked or shouldn't have.

If I'd have interviewed Bo Pelini face to face, I would have still hired him. There would have been no question about that because of his reputation and because of the guy I knew. There's no question about that.

Pelini was hired after the 2020 National Championship season to replace Dave Aranda. LSU and Pelini parted ways last December after just one season.
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23 Comments
Sidestepped the Title 9 question - “no comment “ - then gives that answer about Pelini. Who the hell preps this moron for big press conferences.
Reply5 days
Panini was a smart hire. Coach O made the right choice at the time.
Reply6 days
I'm just here for the melt :kern:
Reply6 days
I think the only thing that made them look really foolish was the contract given to pelini. I mean no one wanted the guy and you pay him like his top 3 defensive guys in the country. Had they gave him a million and the rest based on performance then the egg on O's face wouldnt have looked so bad.
Reply7 days
I think it’s a good answer. There was a lot and I mean a lot of excitement about Pelini being hired as DC. He had a great to awesome reputation on the defensive side of the ball.
Reply7 days
you serious?
7 days
If CoachO was asked a question and was unable to ignore it he should just say something like "I hired Bo Pelini and unfortunately it did not work out." Anything else just makes him look like he does not know wtf he is doing and making his seat hotter.
Reply7 days
Clown…needs to stfu about Pelini already
Reply7 days
He really needs to learn when he just needs to keep his mouth shut.
Reply7 days
Remember Lot's wife. The best answer to a gotcha question like Canada or Bo is I rather look forward than backwards.
Reply7 days
Stop looking like an idiot O
Reply7 days
Come on coach, just side step that one and move on. That kind of blind truth telling helps no one. That's on Bonnette to coach him up on that kind of thing.
Reply7 days
If O can’t figure out this one on his own without help from Bonnette or anyone else, then…
7 days
You have to admire his candor, but what he says sometimes makes him look retarded. Why not just say "Bo is no longer with us and wish him the best. Next question"
Reply7 days
"Pelini was hired after the 2020 National Championship season". So, LSU won back-to-back National Championships? Who knew?
Reply7 days
Now that was Stupid!
3 days
Bo has not been snapped up yet? WTF? Even his brother is not giving him a gig.
Reply7 days
Doesn’t need a gig…making plenty to stay home thanks to Eddy O
7 days
“The defense is already better than at any time last year”
Reply8 days
“From what I’ve seen, the defense has been terrible. We are pretty late in the game so we’re just going to have to go out there and see what happens.” Now, what would have been the right thing to say to the media?
7 days
There are about a billion things he could have said that fall between: “The defense is already better than at any time last year” and “From what I’ve seen, the defense has been terrible. We are pretty late in the game so we’re just going to have to go out there and see what happens.”
7 days
Yep, not a good policy but hey, the dude helped us win a national championship. Through COVID crap, how much more did he think he needed to know. Couldn’t predict the cultural crisis coinciding with a pandemic.
Reply8 days
"Says he wont did it again" You really are shite at your job aren't you Larry?
Reply8 days
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