Ed Orgeron will officially join the LSU coaching staff today, first reported by FootballScoop's Scott Roussel. Multiple sources have confirmed to TSD that he will replace Brick Haley as the defensive line coach.
This comes on the heels of Kevin Steele's hire on Tuesday as the new defensive coordinator. LSU confirmed the Steele hire Tuesday evening and Orgeron's Wednesday morning. Both will be introduced at a 4 p.m. press conference Wednesday.
“Ed is an expert when it comes to the defensive line,” said LSU coach Les Miles in a press release. “He will bring tremendous enthusiasm and energy to our program. His passion and love for the state of Louisiana makes him a great fit for us. Ed has done a great job at every coaching stop he’s made. His teams are always well prepared, played hard on every snap and fed off the enthusiasm and excitement that he brought to the field. This is a great hire for us and we are really excited about Coach O becoming a Tiger.”
Haley was also a candidate for the open defensive coordinator position, but Les Miles opted to go outside the program to replace John Chavis. LSU announced that Haley was "reassigned" in the athletic department, though it has not been reported if Haley has accepted that new position. .
But what has been confirmed is that Orgeron will be the new man in charge of the defensive line.
Orgeron, a native of Larose, has a coaching history that dates back to 1984 as a graduate assistant at Northwestern State, his alma mater. He was last seen as the interim head coach at USC in 2013 after the firing of Lane Kiffin. He's primarily coached the defensive line throughout his career holding that position at Miami (1988-92), Syracuse (1995-97), USC (1998-2004), New Orleans Saints (2008), Tennessee (2009) and USC (2010-13).
While at Miami, Orgeron coached eight All-Americans and three NFL first-round draft picks while winning a pair of national championships with the Hurricanes. He won two more national titles during his first stint with USC, coaching three more first-team All-Americans. He produced another first-round defensive lineman when he returned to USC the second time.
Orgeron was also the head coach at Ole Miss from 2005-07. He was the subject of Bruce Feldman's book "Meat Market," which chronicled Orgeron's efforts to build one of the nation's best recruiting classes.
He's considered a dynamite recruiter, and sources indicated that Orgeron has already gotten a jump start on that Wednesday morning.
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Ed Orgeron to join LSU coaching staff
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