Should Syracuse take a look at Ed Orgeron as its next head coach?

Now that Syracuse has fired Scott Shafer, the work begins to find a new head coach.

Should that list include Ed Orgeron?

The former Ole Miss coach and current assistant at LSU told Bud Poliquin of the Syracuse Post-Standard that his interest would be very high in the job. Orgeron spent time at Syracuse as an assistant from 1995-97.

"First of all, my days at Syracuse were fantastic," Orgeron told Poliquin. "I learned a lot under Coach [Paul] Pasqualoni. I know Coach [Dick] MacPherson and a lot of ex-players and a lot of players who are there now.

"I have a lot of respect for Syracuse. Great private school, great education, great tradition. So, obviously, my interest would be very high. I'd be highly interested in getting that job. I think it would be a wonderful opportunity to go back there."

That's a full-on sales pitch, unsurprising considering Orgeron's strength as a recruiter and his deep desire to get another head-coaching job.

Before going to LSU, Orgeron served as the interim coach at USC and was upset when he was not promoted to full-time head coach. He has been eager to get another coaching job since he was fired at Ole Miss in 2007 after three years, going 10-25. Though Orgeron is known as a terrific recruiter and has ties to Syracuse, that overall record as a head coach is tough to overlook, especially after Shafer went 13-23 in three seasons with the Orange.

Orgeron also had two incidents from the early 1990s that would have to be overlooked as well.

"I haven't had any contact with anybody up there," Orgeron said. "But if there was interest on their part, there would be obvious interest on in my part. So, let's see how it goes."