Who is Ed Orgeron? The 58-year-old Louisiana native and LSU head coach will be leading his Tigers in the National Championship Game to face the Tigers from Clemson. What do we know about the eccentric character running this prestigious college football program?
Orgeron was officially named head coach in November of 2016. But he was not the university's first choice to lead the program. After failing to lure big name candidates Jimbo Fisher and Tom Herman and an extensive coaching search, LSU lifted the "interim" tag and handed the keys to Orgeron.
With a distinctive raspy voice and Cajun accent, Louisiana native and former player at LSU, the unique figure has become a beloved figure at the school and nationwide. With legendary tales of his intense pre-practice workouts before his players arrive, to ordering 15 lbs of crawfish at a restaurant that did not have them on the menu and subsequently having them delivered, Orgeron is finally being taken seriously as a coach.
Always known for his recruiting ability when he arrived in Baton Rouge, there were questions of his coaching skills and his ability to be in charge of a major college football program. Those questions have largely been erased as he is poised to bring another National Championship to LSU. Will he finally silence all of his critics and be named in the same breath as former stewards of the program Nick Saban and Les Miles.
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