By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to multiple sources, the Louisiana State University Tigers will appoint Ed Orgeron as their permanent head coach. He was their interim head coach since Les Miles was fired following a 2-2 start to the season.
After being named the interim coach, Orgeron went 5-2. He lost to the Alabama Crimson Tide 10-0 — which is the fewest points they’ve scored on the season — and lost to the Florida Gators on a goal-line stand, which clinched the SEC East for the Gators — who has won the East two-years in a row.
The Tigers blew out Texas A&M on Thursday night, 54-39. The sources also indicate that Tom Herman, the Houston Cougars head coach, told Joe Alleva that Texas is in the picture.
According to FootballScoop.com, Herman informed Alleva that he’s leaning towards Texas Saturday morning at 5 pm. Orgeron had an interview with Alleva on Friday — and he presented the idea of bringing Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin with him.
If Orgeron is able to get his guy, then the Tide would move consultant Steve Sarkisian to the offensive coordinator role. A few years ago, head coach Nick Saban gave Kiffin — like he did with Sarkisian — a chance when he already had an offensive coordinator — and when Doug Nussmeier left to become the Michigan Wolverines offensive coordinator, Kiffin was promoted.
Since taking over as the Tigers coach, they’ve outscored their opponents 227-113. Following Thursday’s big win, his players said they wanted Coach O to continue to be their coach.
“I think he did a tremendous job,” LSU safety Jamal Adams said. “I love Coach O. I pray that he’s the head coach for LSU.”
Some ESPN’s pundits, including David Pollack and Paul Finebaum, are already questioning the hire. Desmond Howard, who also works for ESPN, says it’s a great hire on College GameDay.
He has a 21-29 record with the Ole Miss Rebels, USC Trojans and the Tigers. However, after going 10-25 with the Rebels, he’s gone 11-4 with the Trojans and the Tigers.
The 55-year-old was born in Larose, Louisiana. That’s about two hours from Baton Rouge, where he’ll now roam the sidelines for good.
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