40 Facts About Ed Orgeron


Ed Orgeron was most recently the head football coach at Louisiana State University, a position he held from midway through the 2016 season until the 2021 season.

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Ed Orgeron led the 2019 LSU Tigers football team to a national championship, beating the defending champions Clemson in the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship.

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Ed Orgeron played college football as a defensive lineman at LSU and Northwestern State University.

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Ed Orgeron attended South Lafourche High School in Galliano, Louisiana with future Michigan Panthers, New Orleans Saints, and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Bobby Hebert.

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Ed Orgeron signed to play football at Louisiana State University, but left the program after his first year to transfer to Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

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Ed Orgeron began coaching in 1984 as a graduate assistant at Northwestern State and the following year coached at McNeese State in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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Ed Orgeron then served two years as an assistant strength coach under Ken Hatfield at the University of Arkansas.

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Ed Orgeron was their defensive line coach for four of those years, in which he coached eight All-Americans.

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In July 1992, Ed Orgeron was arrested for his part in a bar fight in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Ed Orgeron acknowledged he had been intoxicated that night and had grown angry when not allowed back inside to retrieve his credit card.

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In October 1992, Ed Orgeron took a leave of absence from the University of Miami coaching staff for personal reasons; the departure turned out to be a permanent one, however and he was replaced by assistant coach Randy Shannon.

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Ed Orgeron stayed with his parents in Larose, crediting his father for helping him get his life in order.

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Ed Orgeron returned to coaching in 1994 but as a volunteer linebackers coach at Nicholls State University.

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Ed Orgeron credited Pasqualoni for giving him a second chance at major-college coaching and helping him develop as a coach on and off the field.

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In 1998, Ed Orgeron was hired by offensive guru Paul Hackett, the newly hired head coach of USC, to coach the Trojans defensive line.

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Ed Orgeron took on the added responsibility of Recruiting Coordinator in 2001 and was named assistant head coach in 2003.

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Ed Orgeron won National Recruiter of the Year honors in 2004, the same year he was hired by Ole Miss to replace head coach David Cutcliffe.

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Ed Orgeron hired Art Kehoe, the longtime offensive line coach at the University of Miami; both assistants had just been fired by the University of Miami.

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Ed Orgeron's second recruiting class in February 2006 was successful, acquiring the written pledges of a national Top 15 signing class.

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Ed Orgeron followed it with the 32nd ranked recruiting class in February 2007.

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At Ole Miss, Ed Orgeron recorded only two wins against teams with winning records —the fewest among active SEC coaches at the time.

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Ed Orgeron was replaced by former University of Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt, who had resigned from the Arkansas program three days after Orgeron's firing.

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On January 23,2008, it was announced that Ed Orgeron had been hired as the new defensive line coach of the National Football League's New Orleans Saints.

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On December 31,2008, Ed Orgeron accepted a position with the University of Tennessee under its new head coach, former USC assistant coach and colleague Lane Kiffin.

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Ed Orgeron worked as associate head coach, recruiting coordinator, and defensive line coach.

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Ed Orgeron returned to USC's assistant coaching staff on January 12,2010, after Kiffin resigned from the University of Tennessee without notice to accept the USC head coach position vacated by Pete Carroll.

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Ed Orgeron was one of the highest paid assistant coaches in the Pac-12 Conference, with an annual salary of $650,000.

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Ed Orgeron applied behavioral techniques he had used on his own teenage children, in an effort to approach his USC players "like my sons".

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On January 14,2015, Ed Orgeron was hired as the defensive line coach at Louisiana State University.

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Ed Orgeron promoted tight ends coach Steve Ensminger to offensive coordinator and brought back Pete Jenkins to take over as defensive line coach.

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Ed Orgeron decided to shorten practices and spend more time in the film room in order to keep players fresh.

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Ed Orgeron's Tigers defeated the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship Game to win their first SEC title since 2011.

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Ed Orgeron led the Tigers to an upset win over the No 6 Florida Gators in Gainesville and a shootout win over Ole Miss in the season finale.

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Ed Orgeron appears as himself in the 2009 film The Blind Side recruiting Michael Oher.

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Director John Lee Hancock contacted Orgeron about playing himself, despite having been fired by Ole Miss prior to the filming of the movie.

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Ed Orgeron was portrayed by Emmett Skilton in the TV series Young Rock, which is about actor and former wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

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Ed Orgeron was Johnson's defensive line coach when Johnson played at Miami.

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Ed Orgeron appears as himself in the season 1 episode Check Your Head.

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Ed Orgeron is known for his strong, gravelly, Cajun-accented voice, and intensity while coaching.

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Ed Orgeron met his second wife, Kelly, at the 1996 Liberty Bowl, and the couple have three boys.

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Ed Orgeron is Catholic, but has been reported to attend Baptist churches with his family in Louisiana.

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