Before making his way to Baton Rouge, Ed Orgeron served as the head coach at Ole Miss from 2005-2007.

LSU travelled to Oxford to take on the Rebels only two weeks after it was announced the Tigers would part ways with Orgeron following the season.

Ole Miss fans, who have nothing but respect for their former head coach, were surprised to hear the news.

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If there is one fan base that knows Ed Orgeron as well as LSU fans, it’s Ole Miss. Orgeron served as the Rebels’ head coach from 2005-2007. While the programs are rivals on the field, Ole Miss fans have nothing but respect for their former coach. 

"I think Coach O is a great coach. He did a great job while he was here and obviously won a national championship at LSU," Ole Miss fan Deron Huerkamp said. "It's just the times we live in, you know. You have to win every Saturday."

Rebel fan Ike Sayle commented, "I was crazy about Coach O. I hated to see us lose him."

"He's done well down there. He's had some obstacles, but I think he's done well," Sayle added.

Given the success Orgeron achieved in 2019, the program's decision to part ways came as a surprise for many fans.

"I was not surprised to see him win. I'm certainly surprised to see him go," Ole Miss dad Jeff Sellers remarked. Sellers also expressed his belief that LSU did not give Orgeron enough time before deciding to move on, saying the school was "a little bit quick on the trigger."

Ole Miss fan Billy Gahagan did not expect the news either. "I'm kind of surprised because, I mean, he's done so much for that university, and he lives for that university. He lives for the kids as well," he said.

While a slew of names have been thrown around as possibilities for LSU’s next head coach, Rebel fans are ready to scratch one name off the list: current Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin.

"As long as they don't get Lane, we're okay," Sayle commented with a smirk.

Chuckie Parks, a lifelong fan of the Rebels, agreed with Sayle's sentiment.

"I would cry," Parks said. "I'd be upset, but, I mean, he's just the best thing happening."

Regardless of the next head coach, Ole Miss fans believe the Tigers will be competitive in the SEC very soon.

"It's hard to stay on top year after year," Sayle began. "Yes, I know [LSU will] get back. There's no question about it."

"That's a great job. You've got the whole state of Louisiana to recruit in. There are great high school football players in the state of Louisiana," Deron Huerkamp noted.

Chuckie Parks believes that with the right hire, LSU will be one of the top three programs in the country.

Through his tenure at LSU, Orgeron held a record of 5-0 against Ole Miss. In what could be the last trip to Oxford of a very lengthy coaching career, he suffered his first loss to the Rebels by a score of 31-17. 

Only four games remain in the Ed Orgeron era at LSU. After a bye week, the Tigers will travel to Tuscaloosa to face the Alabama Crimson Tide. 

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