LSU Removes Interim Tag, Name Ed Orgeron Head Coach
LSU will remove in the interim tag from Ed Orgeron and name him full time head football coach today at a noon press conference, as first reported by Ross Dellenger of The Advocate and Football Scoop.
For Orgeron, it's a lifelong dream fulfilled for the LaRose, Louisiana native.
Orgeron guided the Tigers to a 5-2 mark after taking over as interim coach for the fired Les Miles following a week 4 loss at Auburn.
Other potential candidates were attached the LSU job in the last week, notably Florida State's Jimbo Fisher and Houston's Tom Herman.
Fisher balked at a reported $6.8 million a year deal, while Herman was reportedly offered the job, but his agent used it as leverage to negotiate with the University of Texas.
Per ESPN's Brett McMurphy, LSU "wasn’t going to be held hostage. In the end, they chose guy who wanted the job and not guy who wanted the money”.
Orgeron has over 32 years of coaching experience, including several years as a head coach.
From 2005-2007, he was head coach at Ole Miss, going 10-25 overall and 3-21 in SEC play.
He's spoken openly about how he's matured and learned form his time at Ole Miss.
Orgeron also served as interim coach at USC in 2013 after Lane Kiffin was fired, going 6-2 in 8 games.
Speaking of Kiffin, it's widely believed and has been reported from several media outlets he is the prime candidate to be the next offensive coordinator at LSU. He currently works in the same role at Alabama, but is long time friends with Orgeron.