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Ed Orgeron:

Ed Orgeron:

Ed Orgeron

From LSU to USC and back again: the story of a wild ride in college football and how Ed Orgeron learned that in life, things change quicker than in football.

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Edward James Orgeron Jr. (/ˈoÊŠdÊ’É™rÉ’n/; born July 27, 1961) is an American football coach. He was most recently the head football coach at Louisiana State University (LSU), a position he held from midway through the 2016 season until the 2021 season. Orgeron previously served as the head football coach at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) from 2005 to 2007 and was the interim head coach at the University of Southern California (USC) in 2013. He led the 2019 LSU Tigers football team to a national championship, beating the defending champions Clemson in the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship.The 2018 season began with a season opening upset of 8th-ranked Miami, followed by another upset of 7th-ranked Auburn. These victories helped LSU rise to 5th in the CFP rankings, but a loss to 25th-ranked Florida sent LSU tumbling back to 13th. In response, the Tigers pulled off a shocking upset of No. 2 Georgia. The Tigers then avenged the previous year's loss to Mississippi State. The victories over Georgia and Mississippi State propelled LSU to being ranked No. 3 by the CFP going into a game against top-ranked Alabama. The LSU offense that had seemed to turn around after Steve Ensminger took over the duties of offensive coordinator was unable to score against Alabama's defense. After the loss to Alabama, LSU was able to defeat Arkansas and Rice before falling to Texas A&M in a 7-overtime game. With a 9–3 record, LSU was invited to the Fiesta Bowl to play the University of Central Florida, who had not lost a game in the previous two seasons. On New Years Day 2019, LSU gave UCF their first loss since 2016. LSU finished the 2018 season with a record of 10–3 and were ranked sixth in the nation by the AP poll and seventh by the Coaches poll. LSU was not predicted to have a good season in 2018, and some, including respected SEC commentator Paul Finebaum, believed it would be Orgeron's last.

LSU's 2020 season was shortened in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They played a ten-game, all-SEC schedule. LSU started the season ranked No. 6 in the AP Poll, but dropped out of the rankings after three games and finished the season with a record of 5–5. The Tigers had three different starting quarterbacks throughout the course of the season. Myles Brennan started the first three games, but was injured during the game against Missouri on October 10 and was lost for the season. T. J. Finley started the next five games. Max Johnson started the final two games of the season. He 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. Counting on many freshmen and sophomores, LSU won three of its final five games, including wins over No. 6 Florida in Gainesville and Ole Miss in Tiger Stadium to cap season on a high note. In the win over Florida, the Tigers started nine true freshmen and sophomores, including quarterback Max Johnson who earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week in what was his first career start. Johnson threw for 239 yards and three TDs and true freshmen accounted for three of LSU’s four touchdowns in the 37-34 victory. A week later against Ole Miss, true freshman Kayshon Boutte set the SEC record for single-game receiving yards with 308 on 14 receptions and Johnson passed for 435 yards and three scores in the 53-48 win. The back-to-back wins to close out the 2020 season set the stage for an outstanding spring for the Tigers as LSU returns 29 players in 2021 who have at least one career start to their credit. (Source: lsusports.net)

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