Ed Orgeron Reportedly to Be Named LSU's Permanent Head Coach

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The LSU Tigers turned their season around but were still on the lookout for a permanent head coach to take over in 2017. It appears they have settled on their leader.

Continue for updates.

Orgeron Reportedly Named LSU Head Coach

Saturday, Nov. 26

The Advocate's Ross Dellenger reported Ed Orgeron agreed to be LSU's head coach. ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy confirmed Dellenger's report.

LSU announced it will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. ET.

Herman Reportedly Top Target for LSU

Friday, Nov. 25

James Smith of NOLA.com reported Friday that LSU has turned its attention to Houston head coach Tom Herman after Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher rejected its offer, and the school hopes to complete the search by the end of the weekend.

Herman is "close" to becoming the next LSU head coach, Chip Brown of HornsDigest.com reported Nov. 24. Houston athletic director Hunter Yurachek denied the rumor.

"Herman has not informed me he's leaving for LSU. We're in Memphis preparing for a game," he said, per Steven Godfrey of SB Nation.

When asked about rumors surrounding other head coaching vacancies ahead of Houston's game against Memphis, Herman said, "Honestly, don't believe anything you read," per Cole Cubelic of SEC Network.

The LSU athletic department released a statement during the team's game against Texas A&M on Nov. 24:

There are a lot of unsubstantiated rumors about LSU’s coaching search. We will not comment on this speculation and are currently focused on our game against Texas A&M. There is a process in place for the search, and we will take our time to make sure the best decision is made for the future of the program.

Dellenger added that a source confirmed there is "no done deal" between any coach and LSU.

Fisher Reportedly Turned Down Huge Offer from LSU

Friday, Nov. 25

Fisher reportedly turned down an offer to be the LSU head coach that would have paid him $6.8 million annually, per Smith.

On Nov. 21, Jim Kleinpeter of NOLA.com reported LSU was targeting Fisher to take over in Baton Rouge.

Smith reported Nov. 15 that Fisher was a "strong" candidate for the LSU job. Smith noted that "multiple coaches who have worked for, or with, Fisher said it's highly likely he would take the job if LSU meets his salary demands and gives him a long-term deal."

"Jimbo was Joe's guy from the beginning, and I just don't see him passing on hiring him," a source told Smith.

Orgeron Unlikely to Land LSU Job

Monday, Nov. 21

Kleinpeter reported interim head coach Ed Orgeron is a "fallback candidate" who will "likely get a courtesy interview." Kleinpeter described Orgeron's chances of landing the job as "a real long shot."

On Nov. 15, Smith reported Orgeron was "making a strong case to be given the job." Smith noted the team "loves playing for 'Coach O,' and the support for Orgeron is growing within the LSU community."

Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reported Nov. 5 that Orgeron could vault to the top of LSU's wish list by guiding the team to a 3-1 record over its final four games of the regular season against Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and Texas A&M.

So far, LSU is 1-2 in that stretch, having lost to the Crimson Tide and Gators but beaten the Razorbacks.

Orgeron has led LSU to a 4-2 record since taking over for Les Miles.

Feldman noted Orgeron has impressed LSU powerbrokers with his ability to handle the program on a daily basis and guide it effectively after Miles was let go following a 2-2 start:

He's also become much better at trusting his staff and creating a more positive, high-energy vibe around the program while preaching a "one heartbeat" mantra of togetherness. The perpetually fired-up guy who once tried to run a program with the same style as he ran his D-line room now is more like the upbeat, charismatic coach they all connected with in recruiting.

Orgeron was the head coach at Ole Miss from 2005 to 2007, where he posted a 10-25 record. He led Southern California to a 6-2 record in 2013 after Lane Kiffin was fired, but the Trojans hired Steve Sarkisian to take over.

Prior to being named the interim head coach at LSU, Orgeron had served as the team's defensive line coach since January 2015.

LSU Considering Multiple Coaches

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Smith reported North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora and Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy are among those under consideration by LSU and that the school contacted Fedora's rep.