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Ed Orgeron, who led the Tigers to a 5-2 mark as interim coach over the final two months of the season was named LSU’s head football coach on November 26.
Orgeron, a native of Larose, Louisiana, becomes the 33rd head football coach in LSU history. Orgeron, who has also served as head coach at Ole Miss and Southern Cal, is 11-4 in his past 15 games as a head coach, which includes a 6-2 mark as interim coach at USC.
"This is a great day for LSU and for all of Louisiana," LSU Vice Chancellor and Athletics Director Joe Alleva said. "We got our man and he's been here all along. Coach Orgeron has demonstrated his ability to run this program with excellence, even under difficult circumstances. Coach ‘O' earned this job.
"I worked closely with (LSU) President Alexander and board leadership throughout a very deliberate process. By the end of that process, our decision was clear. Coach Orgeron took us step by step through every aspect of his plans for this program and there was no question that he is the man to lead LSU football."
Since taking over as interim coach of the Tigers on Sept. 25, Orgeron guided LSU to a 5-2 mark, beating four Southeastern Conference opponents – Missouri, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Texas A&M – all by double-digits. LSU's two losses during that span came by a total of 16 points as the Tigers held top-ranked Alabama scoreless for three quarters and came up a yard short in falling to Florida, 16-10.
In his LSU debut, Orgeron led the Tigers to a 42-7 win over Missouri. The 35-point margin of victory ranks as the second-largest for a LSU head coach in his Tiger debut. Orgeron and the Tigers followed that with a 45-10 win over Southern Miss as LSU’s combined 87 points in Orgeron’s first two games were the most for any coach in his first two games as the school. Orgeron also became the first LSU football coach in the SEC era to wins his first two games by 30 or more points and the first coach to win his first three by double-digits.
In seven games under Orgeron, LSU set offensive records for most yards in a SEC game (634 vs. Missouri), longest scoring play from scrimmage (Derrius Guice 96-yard TD run vs. Arkansas), and twice set the school single-game rushing record (Leonard Fournette 284 yards vs. Ole Miss, Derrius Guice 285 yards vs. Texas A&M).Defensively, LSU held opponents scoreless for 14 of 28 quarters under Orgeron and limited the opposition to an average of 10.3 points per game over the seven contests. With 39 points, Texas A&M became the only team to score more than 21 points against LSU this year. Overall, LSU's defense, under Dave Aranda, ranks in the top three in the SEC in three major categories – scoring, total defense and rushing defense.
Orgeron originally joined the Tiger staff in 2015 as defensive line coach, before adding the title of recruiting coordinator in the spring of 2016.
In his first year with the Tigers in 2015, Orgeron's defensive front served as a catalyst for a Tiger defense that ranked No. 3 in the SEC in both rushing yards (122.9 yards per game) and sacks (34). Six times in 2015 LSU's defense help opponents to fewer than 100 yards rushing in a game, including limiting Mississippi State to 43 yards in the season-opener and Texas Tech to 29 in the Texas Bowl.
Prior to joining the LSU staff, Orgeron's last coaching stop came at Southern Cal where he served as recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach for the Trojans for four years (2010-13). Orgeron was elevated to interim head coach at USC for the final eight games of the 2013 season, leading the Trojans to a 6-2 mark over that span.
While at Southern Cal, Orgeron was named by Sporting News as the nation’s No. 2 recruiter in 2012. A year earlier, Scout.com named him the National Recruiter of the Year, ESPNU/ESPN The Magazine named him the top recruiter in college football (and third-best in all of collegiate athletics) and Rivals.com ranked him as the second-best recruiter of the previous 10 years (2002-11) in college football.
Orgeron served two stints at Southern Cal, the first as the Trojan’s defensive line coach from 1998 to 2004. He added the title of recruiting coordinator for USC in 2001 and helped the Trojans to top five signing classes for three-straight years from 2002-04. Rivals.com and Sporting News named him the 2004 National Recruiter of the Year.
Orgeron left USC in 2005 to become the head coach at Ole Miss, where he went 10-25 in three years with Rebels from 2005-07. In three head coaching stints, Orgeron has a 21-29 overall mark.
Orgeron spent the 2008 season coaching the defensive line for the New Orleans Saints and then joined Tennessee as defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator in 2009. He returned to Southern Cal following the 2009 season.
Orgeron made a name for himself as a top defensive line coach at the University of Miami from 1988-92, where he coached eight All-Americans, including NFL first rounders Cortez Kennedy, Russell Maryland and Warren Sapp. In 1988, he was a graduate assistant at Miami, working with the defensive line. During his tenure, the Hurricanes won the national championship twice (1989 and 1991), finished second in the AP poll once (1988) and third twice (1990 and 1992) while appearing in five New Year’s Day bowls (1989 Orange, 1990 Sugar, 1991 Cotton, 1992 Orange, 1993 Sugar).
Orgeron also was a graduate assistant at Northwestern (La.) State, his alma mater, in 1984 and McNeese State in 1985, working with the defensive line at both schools, then was an assistant strength coach at Arkansas for two years (1986-87). The Razorbacks were in the 1987 Orange Bowl and 1987 Liberty Bowl. He worked in private business in 1993.
As a player, Orgeron was a four-year starter on the defensive line for Northwestern State, captaining the Demons as a senior. He received his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Northwestern State in 1984.
He starred in football, basketball and track at South Lafourche High in Galliano, La. On the big screen, Orgeron played himself in the 2009 Oscar-nominated movie, “The Blind Side.”
Born July 27, 1961, he and his wife, Kelly, have 3 sons, Tyler, and twins Parker and Cody. Tyler is a member of the LSU football support staff, while twins Parker and Cody are in their first year as part of the McNeese State football team.
Ed Orgeron File
Year at LSU: Second (appointed Jan. 14, 2015)
Birthdate: July 27, 1961, in Larose, La.
Children: Tyler, Parker, Cody
High School: South Lafourche High School (Galliano, La.)
College: Northwestern State (La.), 1984
1981-84 Northwestern (La.) State (defensive line)
1984 Northwestern (La.) State (graduate assistant)
1985 McNeese State (graduate assistant)
1986-87 Arkansas (assistant strength coach)
1988-92 Miami (Fla.) (graduate assistant, 1988; defensive line 1989-92)
1994 Nicholls State (linebackers)
1995-97 Syracuse (defensive line)
1998-2004 Southern Cal (defensive line, 1998-2002; recruiting coordinator, 2001-04)
2005-07 Ole Miss (head coach)
2008 New Orleans Saints (defensive line)
2009 Tennessee (defensive line/recruiting coordinator)
2010-12 Southern Cal (defensive coordinator/defensive line/recruiting coordinator, 2010-13; interim head coach, 2013)
2015-16LSU (defensive line; recruiting coordinator, 2016; interim head coach, Sept. 25, 2016, head coach, Nov. 26, 2016)
Season, Bowl, Team, Opponent, Results
1986, Orange, Arkansas, Oklahoma, L, 42-8
1987, Liberty, Arkansas, Georgia, L, 20-17
1988, Orange, Miami, Nebraska, W, 23-3
1989, Sugar, Miami, Alabama, W, 33-25
1990, Cotton, Miami, Texas, W, 46-3
1991, Orange, Miami, Nebraska, W, 22-0
1992, Sugar, Miami, Alabama, L, 34-13
1995, Gator, Syracuse, Clemson, W, 41-0
1996, Liberty, Syracuse, Houston, W, 30-17
1997, Fiesta, Syracuse, Kansas State, L, 35-18
1998, Sun, Southern Cal, TCU, L, 28-19
2001, Las Vegas, Southern Cal, Utah, L, 10-6
2002, Orange, Southern Cal, Iowa, W, 38-17
2003, Rose, Southern Cal, Michigan, W, 28-14
2004, Orange, Southern Cal, Oklahoma, W, 55-19
2009, Chick-fil-A, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, L, 37-14
2012, Sun, Southern Cal, Georgia Tech, L, 21-7
2015, Texas, LSU, Texas Tech, W, 56-27