Louisiana State’s interim head football coach, Ed Orgeron will be named permanent head coach in a news conference Saturday afternoon, according to reports from The Advocate.
He has a 21-28 record. During his three seasons as head coach at Ole Miss between 2005-07, he posted a 10-25 record.
Orgeron’s promotion comes as a surprise to some. LSU fired Les Miles early this season, despite his 114-32 record over the course of 12 seasons with the Tigers, to make way for a big-name coach in Baton Rouge.
Orgeron, reportedly “blew away” LSU decision-makers in a meeting Friday. He brought with him a massive binder detailing long-term plans, which included bringing in a successful offensive coordinator. He is expected to go after Lane Kiffin for his OC position, The Advocate reports.
According to reports, Houston head coach Tom Herman was a front-runner for the position, but leaders worked through Friday night, making their decision after Herman and his agent said they leaning towards Texas.
LSU officials are expected to finalize Orgeron’s contract details this morning before the news conference. He is expected to make around $3 million per year.