Where is Ed Orgeron going now he’s left LSU? What the former Tigers head coach has said, and potential coaching jobs explored.
Back in October, Ed Orgeron and LSU agreed that he would step aside after the season was done. The initial announcement came after the Tigers upset No. 20 Florida, and it was revealed LSU would pay Orgeron the remaining $16.95 million on his contract.
Orgeron also said he would stay on as head coach for as long as the season lasts, even if that meant coaching in a bowl game.
However, his final game came last week as LSU upset No. 14 Texas A&M to finish 6-6 overall. The Tigers took the lead over the Aggies with 20 seconds left thanks to quarterback Max Johnson hitting receiver Jaray Jenkins for the game-winning score.
After the game, Orgeron revealed that it would be his last for LSU, as the Tigers usher in a new era with former Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly.
Where is Ed Orgeron going?
After the game against Texas A&M, Orgeron revealed what he said to his players.
“I told the guys I wish them luck,” Orgeron said. “I’m not gonna to sit here and coach when there’s another guy coming in to be the head coach this week or the week after that. I’m not gonna do that.
“This is my team and as soon as they got a new head coach, I was gonna go. Whoever the new coach is, I wish him all the luck in the world,” Orgeron added. “I’ll always be an LSU fan.”
Many people wondered where Ed Orgeron is going next, but for the former Tigers head coach, he’s thinking much more short term. He revealed that he was going to finish packing and then head to Destin with his girlfriend.
Potential landing spots for Orgeron
Orgeron is 60 years old and has been coaching for decades. He was head coach at LSU for four years, and spent time previously at the University of Mississippi from 2005 to 2007 with Ole Miss.
For now, it seems he’s taking some time off and enjoying some family time, but that doesn’t mean to say he won’t return in a coaching capacity in 2022.
Orgeron has been closely tied to jobs with USC and Miami, and it wouldn’t be too egregious to suggest he could return as a top assistant. However, with many programs opting for up and coming coaches these days, it seems unlikely.
Other programs Orgeron has been linked to are Houston, Texas Tech, and Syracuse. Ultimately, though, it remains to be seen how things play out.