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LSU athletic director Joe Alleva, left, speaks with Ed Orgeron before introducing him as the Tigers' new head coach Saturday.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

Ed Orgeron had already gained the approval of LSU's brass — now he's got Louisiana's governor in his corner. 

In a statement released about the Tigers' decision to lift the interim tag and name Orgeron the permanent head coach, Gov. John Bel Edwards said it was an obvious choice. 

"A Louisiana native from Lafourche Parish, Coach Orgeron was born to coach at LSU," Edwards said in a statement. "His passion for this state and this university was on display in every game that he coached, and I know that he has the support of this team as he takes on this permanent role." 

Orgeron led LSU to a 5-2 record after taking over for Les Miles in Week 5. Florida State's Jimbo Fisher and Houston's Tom Herman — who is slated for the Texas job — were pursued as candidates before LSU settled on Orgeron. 

"I look forward to great things as we begin a new chapter in LSU's history," Edwards said in the statement. "Donna and I congratulate him, his wife, Kelly, and their entire family as they begin this new journey. Geaux Tigers!"