LSU will officially hire Ed Orgeron to become its full-time head football coach. An announcement will occur on Saturday afternoon.
Not 48 hours after handily defeating Texas A&M in College Station and chanting “Keep Coach O” during the locker room celebration, it looks as though LSU’s players will get their wish. On Saturday, LSU will reportedly name Ed Orgeron the program’s full-time head coach, according to Ross Dellenger of The Advocate.
LSU’s initial choice for the position was Jimbo Fisher, but after the FSU head coach rebuffed offers upward of $6.8 million per year on Thursday, school officials quickly pivoted. The hunt then came down to two men: Houston’s Tom Herman and Orgeron, the interim head coach. LSU reportedly met with Orgeron on Friday to discuss, among other things, terms and potential coaching staff. When they called Herman’s camp, the Houston coach, in the wake of Texas’ defeat to TCU and Charlie Strong’s almost imminent firing, was leaning toward the Longhorns. LSU then acted swiftly and snapped up Orgeron early Saturday morning.
The timeline falls in place with what had been reported earlier this week. LSU, not wanting to hold a prolonged search that went beyond November, fully intended to name a new coach by weekend’s conclusion.
This appointment could be seen as a redemption for Orgeron, given that he was in this exact same situation in 2013 when he took over for Lane Kiffin at USC after the latter was fired. Then athletic director Pat Haden ultimately decided not to hire Orgeron full-time, despite the coach’s herculean efforts of turning around a rudderless team.
A native cajun, Ed Orgeron replaced Les Miles on an interim basis when LSU fired Miles after a loss to Auburn in late September. Orgeron then got rid of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, implemented a more wide-open system and revitalized the team’s stagnant offense. LSU went 5-2 under Orgeron and finished the season with a 7-4 record.
Though no terms have yet been released, Dellenger reports that Orgeron will likely make around $3 million per year.
This will be Orgeron’s second stint as a full-time head coach, as he helmed Ole Miss from 2005-07. Orgeron’s all-time record as both a permanent and interim head coach is 21-29.