Ed Orgeron is ignoring the "interim" tag in his new title and feeling confident that he has what it takes to make the job permanent, according to a report.
“Listen, this thing here, I’m going to get it,” Orgeron told ESPN Sunday morning, hours after LSU’s blowout 42-7 win over Missouri. “If we do what we need to do, I feel in my heart I’m going to get it. If I don’t, it’s because we didn’t do well enough and I don’t deserve it.”
The 55-year-old Louisiana native, who’s already made some big changes to the program over the last week, said that the difference between his time as interim coach at Southern California in 2013 and at LSU now is that “they want me here at LSU.”
“I never felt in my heart that they wanted me at USC until the very end, and then (former USC athletic director Pat) Haden pulled the plug,” Orgeron told EPSN. “I thought all the time I was fighting an uphill battle. They always saw me more as a stopgap.”
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As speculation continues to build over who will become LSU’s next head coach, one source told ESPN that athletic director Joe Alleva will give Orgeron serious consideration with a strong finish to the season -- and especially with one big win.
“If they beat Alabama (on Nov. 5), they might sign him to a new contract before midnight,” the source told ESPN.