HATTIESBURG, MS - When Ole Miss (3-3) takes the field this Saturday, the Rebels will see a familiar foe in the LSU Tigers (4-2). And for many, they'll see a familiar face down on that LSU sideline.
Ed Orgeron, the former Ole Miss head coach from 2005-07, will face his old team for the first time as a head coach in a top 25 matchup between the Rebels and Tigers.
Coach "O" says he likes to forget his 10-25 record at Ole Miss but current Rebels coach Hugh Freeze will never forget that era because Orgeron is the man who hired Freeze as an assistant back in 2006.
"Everyone comes up with their own opinions, but I'm so indebted to Coach Orgeron," Freeze said. "I really don't know that my career does what it does without the opportunity that he gave me."
"We were down to play Oklahoma at the Orange Bowl, and I was walking on the field and [Freeze] introduced himself," Orgeron said. "I thought it was very courageous of him to go down to Miami and go on the football field to ask me for a job. And I liked that about him, I really did. When I left [Ole Miss] I told him, 'Go ahead and continue to work and you'll probably be the next head coach here."
No. 23 Ole Miss and No. 25 LSU kick off at 8:00 Saturday night. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.