Ed Orgeron is the 33rd head coach in LSU's football history. Orgeron took over as the interim coach after the Tigers started the season 2-2. With Coach "O" at the helm, LSU was 5-2.
Athletic Director Joe Alleva said he was impressed with how Orgeron changed the culture of the football program and rallied the team after a difficult start.
Alleva also said Orgeron was the only one offered the job. There were reports LSU was also in touch with Florida State's Jimbo Fisher and Houston's Tom Herman.
Orgeron said he received a call from Alleva at 5:30 on Saturday morning and the AD asked to meet with him. Orgeron, who has a home in Mandeville, said he drove really fast to get to LSU and soon after agreed on the head coaching job.
Orgeron said he's ready to build a championship program and learned from his mistakes as a head coach at Ole Miss, where he was just 3-21 in the SEC in three seasons.
He talked about running a spread offense, with a dual threat quarterback and the desire to keep defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.
As far as an offensive coordinator, Alabama OC Lane Kiffen's name has been mentioned in media reports. Orgeron and Kiffen have been good friends for awhile and Orgeron said he has a couple of people in mind to hire.
Coach "O" also said there are areas where they would like to recruit better, especially along the I-10 corridor and they know they need linebackers, with Kendell Beckwith and Duke Riley graduating.
Orgeron became very emotional when talking about his parents. The LaFourche Parish native finally has his dream job, but he says it's not about him, it's about the players and doesn't plan to let the state of Louisiana down. And he has no problem with being judged by if they beat Alabama.