LSU has called press conference for Noon on Saturday
By JAMES MORAN | Tiger Rag Associate Editor
LSU’s search for a new full-time football coach has finished.
It didn’t have to look far.
LSU offered interim coach Ed Orgeron the full-time job early Saturday morning and the 55-year-old Cajun accepted. He’ll be formally introduced as LSU’s permanent coach at a press conference set for noon Saturday, sources confirmed to Tiger Rag on Saturday.
The news was first reported by Ross Dellenger of The Advocate and the website FootballScoop.com. It’s since been confirmed by ESPN and various other outlets.
As reported here, Orgeron met with LSU AD Joe Alleva on Friday morning to discuss his candidacy for the full-time job. He brought with him a binder containing plans for the program’s future, a source said, which was believed to contain a short list of candidates to target as Orgeron’s offensive coordinator. His top target will be Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, who Orgeron has described as a “personal friend” in addition to working under Kiffin at past coaching stops at Tennessee and USC.
As of Friday, LSU had narrowed its search down to Orgeron and Houston coach Tom Herman. But, according to reports from The Advocate and FootballScoop.com, once Herman told LSU leaders he was leaning toward the soon-to-be-open vacancy at Texas, LSU made the decision to hire Orgeron.
More information will be added to this report as it becomes available.