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Ed Orgeron and LSU agree to a new six-year, $42-million contract

College Football Playoff National Championship - Clemson v LSU
Ed Orgeron is getting a seven-year contract extension after leading the LSU Tigers to a 15-0 record and a national championship.
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Louisiana State football coach Ed Orgeron has agreed to a new contract extension worth more than $7 million annually and which runs through the 2026 season, the university announced Friday.

The new six-year agreement comes on the heels of the Tigers’ 15-0 national championship season that concluded earlier this month with a 42-25 victory over Clemson in the national title game in New Orleans.

Contract language, which remains subject to approval by the Board of Supervisors, calls for a base salary of $6 million plus various performance-related bonuses.

“Coach O has set a new standard at LSU,” athletic director Scott Woodward said. “He has proven that he is not only a championship coach, but also a leader of a program committed to doing things the right way. He has represented our institution and our state with great pride, on and off the field of play.“

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Woodward added that the new contract “should make clear our commitment to Coach O and the direction of our football program.”

The 58-year-old Orgeron was the consensus 2019 national coach of the year.

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He has led LSU to a 40-9 mark since initially taking over on an interim basis in 2016. Of his 40 wins at LSU, 12 have come against teams ranked in the top 10 at the time of the match-up, including seven in 2019, which stands at the most in college football history for a single season.

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His 40 wins through the first 49 games of his career ties for the most by any coach in LSU history.

Orgeron grew up in Larose, La., about 60 miles southwest of New Orleans, and passionately followed LSU football as a child.

“I’m happy to represent LSU and this great state,” Orgeron said. “My family and I are very grateful, and I look forward to working as hard as possible to continue to win championships at LSU.”

Orgeron was an LSU assistant and recruiting coordinator when he took over as interim coach after Les Miles was fired four games into the 2016 season. He was retained on a permanent basis before LSU’s bowl game that season.

His promotion represented a lifelong dream for the Louisiana native who won a state title as a player at South Lafourche High School and received a scholarship to play for LSU, only to drop out of school briefly before resuming his college playing career at Northwestern State.

Following that, he embarked on a long, winding coaching career that included stops as an assistant at Syracuse, Miami, Tennessee and USC, where he also served as interim coach in 2013, as well as an unsuccessful stint as head coach at Mississippi. He also briefly served as a defensive line coach for the New Orleans Saints.


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