LSU announced a press conference for noon CT on Saturday and sources have confirmed that LSU will name Ed Orgeron head football coach. The Advocate's Ross Dellenger and Football Scoop were first to report.
LSU Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said that LSU got the man that was here all along for the Tigers.
"This is a great day for LSU and for all of Louisiana," Alleva said in a statement. "We got our man and he's been here all along. Coach Orgeron has demonstrated his ability to run this program with excellence, even under difficult circumstances. Coach ‘O' earned this job.
"I worked closely with (LSU) President Alexander and board leadership throughout a very deliberate process. By the end of that process, our decision was clear. Coach Orgeron took us step by step through every aspect of his plans for this program and there was no question that he is the man to lead LSU football."
Orgeron thanked the administration, his family, coaches that helped him along the way and others in his press conference. Above all, he's excited to represent the state of Louisiana.
"It's going to always be about the players and people of Louisiana. We know what we represent," Orgeron said. "We're proud to be a part of Louisiana. LSU, what it means to Louisiana and winning championships."
When Tom Herman wanted to discuss potentially going to Texas, LSU walked away from the negotiating table and will now name Orgeron head coach, Football Scoop reported.
LSU was close to landing Tom Herman, sources told HornsDigest on Thursday. Dellenger confirmed that report on Saturday morning with a source.
Orgeron compiled a 5-2 record as interim coach of the Tigers after taking over following Les Miles being fired. Wins over Ole Miss, Arkansas and Texas A&M, being the latest, including record-setting offensive performances in each of those performances, Orgeron demonstrated enough to university officials to land the job.
In seven games under Orgeron, LSU set offensive records for most yards in a SEC game (634 vs. Missouri), longest scoring play from scrimmage (Derrius Guice 96-yard TD run vs. Arkansas), and twice set the school single-game rushing record (Leonard Fournette 284 yards vs. Ole Miss, Derrius Guice 285 yards vs. Texas A&M).
For offensive coordinator, Orgeron is expected to go after Alabama offensive coordinator and good friend, Lane Kiffin, who hired Orgeron when he was head coach at USC and Tennessee. Orgeron said it's all about hiring the best staff in America and will evaluate the staff after the bowl game.
"All I'm going to say is I'm going to try to get the best offensive coordinator in college football," Orgeron said at his press conference. "We're going to look at recruiting the best offensive coordinator in football and bring him to LSU."
Orgeron said on Saturday morning, he spoke with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and said he'll be sticking around and called him the best assistant in college football.
Stay tuned to Tiger Blitz for the latest on Ed Orgeron's hiring and where staff changes could be coming.