Instead of chaos, it appears clarity will be king as the coaching carousel spins its way into the final full Saturday of the college football season.
First reported by Ross Dellenger of the Baton Rouge Advocate and subsequently confirmed by ESPN.com‘s Brett McMurphy, LSU is set to name Ed Orgeron as its next permanent head football coach. The Louisiana native had been tapped as the Tigers’ interim head coach following the firing of Les Miles in September, and his players had publicly stumped for him to remain following the Thanksgiving win over Texas A&M.
It’s expected Orgeron will be officially introduced at a 1 p.m. ET press conference.
BREAKING: Ed Orgeron has agreed to be #LSU‘s new football coach, multiple sources tell The Advocate.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) November 26, 2016
BREAKING: Coach O to be named @LSUfootball head coach today at 1p ET press conference.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) November 26, 2016
Orgeron was in his second season as LSU’s defensive line coach prior to taking over for Miles. This will be his second job as a full-time FBS head coach. In three seasons at Ole Miss (2005-07), Orgeron went 10-25. As an interim head coach, including a stint at USC, Orgeron went 11-4.
Earlier in the week, after reportedly being rebuffed by Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher, it was reported that LSU had zeroed in on Tom Herman as its next head coach. However, it’s believed that Texas, which is expected to fire Charlie Strong today, has the inside track to land the Houston coach.