Lane Kiffin has a long history with outgoing LSU head coach Ed Orgeron, dating back to at least 2001 as the 2 men served together on Pete Carroll’s staff at USC.

Orgeron departed for Ole Miss after the 2004 season, but when Kiffin later ended up in the SEC himself as Tennessee’s head coach in 2009, he lured Orgeron from the New Orleans Saints — where the latter served as defensive line coach — to serve as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator while leading the Volunteers’ defensive line.

Upon Kiffin’s return to USC after the 2009 season, this time as head coach, he brought Orgeron back to Los Angeles as a member of his initial staff. Orgeron, of course, took over for Kiffin as interim head coach after Kiffin’s firing in 2013.

But the 2 were reunited in the SEC West when Kiffin became the head coach of Ole Miss 16 years after Orgeron took the post, with the Tigers winning a 53-48 shootout when they met as opponents on Dec. 19. Now, Orgeron is on his way out at LSU, effective at the end of the 2020 season, with the Tigers set to meet the Rebels in Oxford on Oct. 23.

“I don’t know the details, all that stuff and what went on,” Kiffin said on Monday during his weekly press conference when asked about Orgeron’s pending dismissal by the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal’s Michael Katz. “Obviously Ed did a great job there, won a national championship. I’m not really sure that happened there as of late.”

He spoke about the uncertain nature of the head coaching business, mentioning how many are perceived positively or negatively on a week-to-week basis.

“I just had this conversation with another head coach who was struggling a bit, trying to motivate him. And I just said, ‘Hey, every Sunday, you’re either a good or bad coach based off of that Saturday, and that switches,” he said.