Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron have a history as coworkers in college football. The pair of SEC head coaches spent time together at USC and Tennessee during the 2000s, and when the Trojans fired Kiffin in 2013, it was Orgeron who replaced Kiffin and served as interim head coach.
The veteran leaders will meet on Saturday when No. 12 Ole Miss hosts LSU in Oxford. Call it funny timing, as the Tigers and Orgeron recently agreed to part ways at the end of this season. Kiffin told reporters on Monday that he hasn't addressed potential candidacies or rumors linking him to LSU with his players. But former Tigers quarterback Josh Booty hopes that Kiffin could be swayed.
"I love watching Kiffin, and LSU will get an up close and personal look at him this weekend because they play Ole Miss," Booty told The Zach Gelb Show on Tuesday. "He's been good friends with Orgeron, knows the SEC well, too. He's recruited in Mississippi and Louisiana the last few seasons... It'd be fun to see him and all his antics there...
"I think there's just a lot of athletes that he could make a lot of things happen with, especially on offense, that'd be at his disposal, with all the weapons that we can put on a field. But, he's having extreme success at Ole Miss, they're 10-point favorites against us, which is unbelievable... I'm a Kiffin guy."
The news of Orgeron's departure wasn't the least bit surprising. Since winning the CFP championship game two years ago, the 60-year-old Louisiana native has led LSU to an underwhelming 19-18 record, and this year's squad remains two wins away from bowl eligibility. Since 2000, the Tigers haven't finished a single season with a losing record.
As for Kiffin and Ole Miss (5-1), they currently have a 77-percent chance to reach the College Football Playoff if they win out and also claim the SEC title, according to ESPN's Playoff Predictor. This is no easy task, as the Rebels will need to leapfrog No. 4 Alabama, which owns the head-to-head tiebreaker in the SEC West standings.
The entire college football conversation between Booty and Gelb can be accessed in the audio player above.