A couple of days ago, Gamedayr showed you a video of LSU Tigers football players chanting to keep Ed Orgeron as their head coach… Well, it seems like their hopes and wishes have come true.
LSU made the announcement Saturday, naming Orgeron the team’s head coach after he went 5-2 during his sting at the helm this season.
Orgeron was originally named interim head coach in place of longtime coach Les Miles, who was fired earlier in the season.
“My goal is to build a championship program fast, very fast,” Orgeron said Saturday. “I understand the expectations at LSU and I invite them because I have the same expectations of myself and my staff.”
Orgeron is a Louisiana native, who grew up a fan of the Tigers.
“This is bigger than life,” he said. “Driving past the stadium, I just wanted to be an assistant coach here. I just wanted to have my feet on the grass, but I knew once I got here I could earn my way up to being the head coach. I wanted to take it one step at a time, and every step I went, I was preparing to come back home to LSU.
“That was my goal the whole time — to go out and go to Miami, go to Syracuse, go to USC and prepare to get better. I wanted to come back to be the best football coach I could possibly be when I took this job, and I feel like that happened. I’m prepared to do it.”
Rumors swirled about who would end up getting the job down at Baton Rouge, but according to sources, LSU decided on a coach who truly wanted the job rather than just the money.
Orgeron’s deal is reportedly for five years and has yet to be finalized. He is expected $3-4 million per year.