Ed Orgeron

Ed Orgeron entertains a crowd Thursday night in Covington at his third Tiger Tour stop in a four-day stretch. 

COVINGTON — Ed Orgeron made stops this spring for speaking engagements and celebrations at Larose, his hometown, and Northwestern State, his alma mater.

At both functions, giant signs hung outside: “Welcome home Coach O!” they read.

On Thursday night, Orgeron literally returned home, serving as the the key note speaker at the Tiger Athletic Foundation’s Tiger Tour stop in Covington.

Ed and Kelly Orgeron raised their three sons in a Mandeville home that they continue to occupy.

“I went home to get changed,” Orgeron laughed Thursday, “saw the boys, came here, got into traffic on 190 like everybody else.”

The Orgerons will move into a new home in Baton Rouge next month, Kelly said, but they’ll maintain their Mandeville residence. During last season, Kelly and Ed stayed at the Lod Cook Hotel.

“Still living in Mandeville,” said Orgeron, accompanied by his wife. “I go jog around the neighborhood, go work out at (Franco’s Health Club & Spa). This is our neighborhood, our home.”

Key still set to arrive in June

LSU All-American edge rusher Arden Key remains on schedule to arrive for summer school in June, Orgeron said Thursday.

Key, a Georgia native, took a leave of absence form the team this spring for what Orgeron called “personal reasons.” Orgeron told The Advocate last weekend that he expected Key to return to start the summer semester June 5.

“It was something he wanted to do, he needed to do,” Orgeron said of Key's absence this spring. “He’s up 255 (pounds) right now. Looks good.”

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