LSU removed the interim tag, and named Ed Orgeron head coach of the Tigers at a press conference Saturday. The 55 year old native of Larose, in Lafourche Parish, will get a contract worth more than $3 million per season.
Orgeron got the job, less than 48 hours after reports surfaced that Houston head coach Tom Herman and LSU were “close” to an agreement. LSU director of athletics Joe Alleva said Orgeron “was our man all along.”
Alleva, perhaps taking a shot at Herman and his agent, said this about the search.
The Tigers were 5-2 after Orgeron took over when Les Miles was fired after an 18-13 loss at Auburn. Orgeron said he will get the best coaches in the country to come to LSU, including the coach coordinating the offense.
Orgeron said he thinks defensive coordinator Dave Aranda will stay. Most of the assistant coaches are expected to be retained thru LSU's bowl game. More changes could be made, after.
Orgeron said he got the call from Alleva Saturday morning at 5:30, asking to come to Baton Rouge and meet. Orgeron said he left his Mandeville home and drove "very fast" to Baton Rouge. That comment drew a chuckle from the audience.
"Everyone from Lake Charles to Boutte is happy today," said Orgeron, who served as defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator before he was promoted.
ESPN analyst Jeremy Crabtree said picking Orgeron "makes a lot of sense," especially from a recruiting standpoint.
"To put it bluntly, Ed Orgeron is one of the few coaches that is just as capable recruiting in small-town Louisiana, as he is big city in LA," Crabtree wrote.