Kiffin: Orgeron left Ole Miss loaded with talent

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

The numbers say one thing when you look at Ed Orgeron’s head coaching career at Ole Miss.

He was winless in the SEC during his final season in Oxford before getting fired, and lost 21 of the 24 games he coached in against SEC competition.

But when Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin looks at the talent on Ole Miss’ roster, he views Orgeron’s three seasons in Oxford a little differently.

"These guys are loaded," Kiffin said.

Orgeron, now the recruiting coordinator/defensive line coach at Tennessee, recruited most of the players the Vols will line up against this Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

“As you can see, 20 of the 22 guys being juniors or seniors are starting [for Ole Miss], so obviously he did a phenomenal job of recruiting there across the board,” Kiffin said. “I wish he wouldn’t have done such a good job because now we’ve got to go play these guys. They have some great players.”

Kiffin also suggested that Orgeron left Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt in a lot better shape talent-wise, particularly on the defensive line, than what former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer left Kiffin.

“There was a scout here the other day that said that four of their defensive linemen will probably be drafted on Day 1,” Kiffin said. “I wish we would have been left with some of those guys.”