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Ed Orgeron

Ed Orgeron
Orgeron during a USC game in 2010
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Defensive Line Coach
Team LSU
Conference SEC
Biographical details
Born (1961-07-27) July 27, 1961
Larose, Louisiana
Playing career
1981–1984 Northwestern State
Position(s) Defensive lineman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1984 Northwestern State (GA)
1985 McNeese State (GA)
1986–1987 Arkansas (Asst. Strength)
1988–1992 Miami (FL) (DL)
1994 Nicholls State (LB)
1995–1997 Syracuse (DL)
1998–2004 USC (Asst. HC/DL/RC)
2005–2007 Ole Miss
2008 New Orleans Saints (DL)
2009 Tennessee (Asst. HC/DL/RC)
2010–2013 USC (DL/RC)
2013 USC (Interim HC) (DL)
2015–present LSU (DL)
Head coaching record
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
(2013) SB Nation Pac-12 Coach of the Year[1]

Edward Orgeron, Jr. (born July 27, 1961)[2][3][4] is an American college football coach. Orgeron served as the college football, with an annual salary of $650,000. His nickname is Coach O. On January 14, 2015, he was named Defensive Line Coach at LSU.[5]


  • Early years and playing career 1
  • Coaching career 2
    • Early coaching years 2.1
    • First stint at USC 2.2
    • Ole Miss 2.3
    • New Orleans Saints and Tennessee 2.4
    • Second stint at USC 2.5
  • In media 3
  • Personal life 4
  • Head coaching record 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early years and playing career

Born to Edward "Ba Ba" Orgeron Sr. (d. 2011) and Cornelia "Co Co" Orgeron, Ed and his brother Stephen grew up in Louisiana State University, but left the program after his first year to transfer to Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Coaching career

Early coaching years

Orgeron began coaching in 1984 as a graduate assistant at Northwestern State and the following year coached at McNeese State in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He then served two years as an assistant strength coach under Ken Hatfield at the University of Arkansas. In 1988 he began his tenure with the University of Miami, under then-head coach Jimmy Johnson and his successor, Dennis Erickson. He was their Defensive Line Coach for four of those years, in which he coached eight All-Americans (including NFL first-round draft choices Cortez Kennedy, Russell Maryland and Warren Sapp). While he was with the Hurricanes, the program won two national championships (in 1989 and 1991), and he recruited a young Dwayne Johnson (later known as "The Rock" in his professional wrestling and film careers) as a defensive lineman.[6]

Starting in 1991, a series of personal problems began to surface for Orgeron: a local woman filed a restraining order against Orgeron, accusing him of repeatedly attacking her. In July 1992, Orgeron was arrested for his part in a bar fight in

External links

  1. ^
  2. ^ "Orgeron to finalize deal with Rebels". ESPN. December 15, 2004. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Edward Orgeron". Houma Courier. October 18, 2011. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ed Orgeron". USC Trojans. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  5. ^ Gary Klein, Ed Orgeron is ready for his leading role as USC's interim coach, Los Angeles Times, September 30, 2013, accessed October 1, 2013.
  6. ^ Dan Friedell, How good was The Rock at football?, ESPN The Magazine, December 12, 2012, accessed October 2, 2013.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g Randy Mell, After Um, Orgeron Turned Life Around, Sun-Sentinel, December 31, 2004, accessed September 29, 2013.
  8. ^ a b Randy Mell, Defensive Line Coach Gets Leave Of Absence, Sun-Sentinel, October 27, 1992, accessed September 29, 2013.
  9. ^ a b c d Bud Poliquin, Poliquin: Ed Orgeron, the former Syracuse football aide, will long admire his old boss, Paul Pasqualoni, The Post-Standard, September 15, 2011, accessed September 29, 2013.
  10. ^ The Sun Herald
  11. ^ a b David Wharton, USC's Ed Orgeron is a rah-rah recruiter, Los Angeles Times, February 1, 2011, accessed September 29, 2013.
  12. ^ a b Gene Wojciechowski, USC coaching hire gets complicated,, November 13, 2013, accessed November 19, 2013.
  13. ^ CSTV
  14. ^ CollegeSports
  15. ^ NCAA Division I Football Statistics
  16. ^ 2006
  17. ^ 2007
  18. ^
  19. ^ Bruce Feldman (2008-12-31). "Orgeron accepts associate head coach job at Tennessee". Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  20. ^ "USC tabs Ed Orgeron as interim coach after Kiffin fired". USA Today. September 29, 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  21. ^ Dan Wolken, [2], USA Today, November 7, 2013, accessed November 19, 2013.
  22. ^ "Sources: USC hires Steve Sarkisian".  
  23. ^ Transcript (3 December 2013). "USC Head Football Coach Steve Sarkisian Introductory Press Conference". Quotes from athletic director Pat Haden. USC Athletic Dept. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  24. ^ Schlabach, Mark (June 29, 2009). "Prominent coaches turn actors for film".  
  25. ^ Pete Thamel, Book Review: Meat Market, The New York Times, November 6, 2007, accessed September 29, 2013.
  26. ^ Glenn Guilbeau, Ole Miss coach shows his sense of humor, Shreveport Times, November 16, 2006, accessed September 29, 2013.
  27. ^ Klein, Gary (September 30, 2013). "Ed Orgeron is ready for his leading role as USC's interim coach". Los Angeles Times. 


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Ole Miss Rebels (Southeastern Conference) (2005–2007)
2005 Ole Miss 3–8 1–7 T–5th (West)
2006 Ole Miss 4–8 2–6 T–4th (West)
2007 Ole Miss 3–9 0–8 6th (West)
Ole Miss: 10–25 3–21
USC Trojans (Pacific-12 Conference) (2013)
2013 USC 6–2 6–1 T–2nd (South)
USC: 6–2 6–1
Total: 16–27
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.

Head coaching record

[27] He met his second wife, Kelly, at the 1996 [8] Orgeron was previously married to Colleen Orgeron.

Orgeron is known for his strong, gravelly voice, Cajun accent, and intensity while coaching.[7][9][12] In 2006, during his time at Ole Miss, he was parodied in a popular internet video titled "Colonel Reb is Cryin'".[26]

Personal life

In 2006, Bruce Feldman, then a senior writer at The New York Times described as "one of the most insightful books ever written about college football."[25]

[24] Orgeron appears as himself in the 2009 film

In media

[23] After receiving much praise for their upset win at home over highly ranked

After his experience at the Ole Miss, Orgeron decided to approach his second stint as a head coach differently. Instead of resuming the intense aggressiveness he had used as a defensive line and head coach, he used a different approach this time. Orgeron applied behavioral techniques he had used on his own teenage children, in an effort to approach his USC players "like my sons".[21]

It was announced on September 29, 2013—after Lane Kiffin's firing—that Orgeron would be the interim head coach of the Trojans for the rest of the 2013 season, until athletic director Pat Haden found a permanent replacement.[20]

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 (who had returned to head coaching in the NFL).

Second stint at USC

On December 31, 2008, Orgeron accepted a position with the University of Tennessee under its new head coach: former USC assistant-coach colleague Lane Kiffin. He worked as associate head coach, recruiting coordinator, and defensive line coach.[19]

On January 23, 2008 it was announced that Orgeron had been hired as the new defensive line coach of the National Football League's New Orleans Saints.[18]

New Orleans Saints and Tennessee On November 24, 2007, after Ole Miss blew a 14-point fourth-quarter lead to in-state rival

In 2007, Ole' Miss finished the season 0–8 against fellow SEC teams, and 3–9 overall. It was the program's first winless (conference) season since 1982.

At Ole Miss, Orgeron recorded only two wins against teams with winning records (the 2005 and 2007

Orgeron's second recruiting class in February 2006 was successful, acquiring the written pledges of a national Top 15 signing class.[16] He followed that with the 32nd ranked recruiting class in February 2007.[17]

In response to the results of his first season, Orgeron fired offensive coordinator Art Kehoe, the longtime offensive line coach at the University of Miami; both assistants had just been fired by the University of Miami. In 2006, Ole' Miss finished the season ranked #108 in scoring offense, #111 in total offense, and #112 in passing offense.[15]

Entering the 2005 season, Orgeron had hoped to bring a USC-style offense to the linebacker Patrick Willis, helped the Rebel defense in 2005, the offense always seemed to produce more interceptions than touchdowns. As a result, the 2005 team struggled and finished the season with a record of three wins and eight losses—the Rebels' worst record since 1987.

Upon arriving at "Ole Miss", Orgeron attempted to bring USC's passing game coordinator, Lane Kiffin, with him as the new offensive coordinator, but Kiffin opted to stay with the Trojans.[12]

Orgeron during an Ole Miss game in 2007

Ole Miss

In 1998, he was hired by offensive guru University of Mississippi (a.k.a., "Ole' Miss") to replace head coach David Cutcliffe.[11]

First stint at USC

[9] Orgeron returned to coaching in 1994, but as a volunteer linebackers coach at

[9] He stayed with his parents in Larose, crediting his father for helping him get his life in order.[7]

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