Mississippi State is pursuing LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron for its open defensive coordinator position, even as Orgeron and LSU are discussing extending the coach’s contract with the school.
Sources at LSU confirm a report from FootballScoop.com on Thursday that Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen is hoping Orgeron will be his new coordinator. Mullen interviewed Orgeron for the job last year before the coach joined the Tigers as defensive line coach.
LSU has discussed a new contract with Orgeron that would include an extension and, possibly, a raise – similar to the one the school gave defensive backs coach Corey Raymond.
A source confirmed that Raymond received an extension and raise this week. Raymond’s contract ended after the 2016 season, and he had made $310,000 – the second lowest of any assistant on staff.
Les Miles indicated on Tuesday that the school wishes to keep Raymond and Orgeron on staff after hiring new defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.
“I know we want both of these guys to be here and have talked to both of those guys about being here,” Miles said.
Orgeron makes $450,000 a year and is beginning the second year of a two-year contract with the Tigers. Mississippi State is searching for a new coordinator after Manny Diaz left for Miami. Diaz made $575,000 last year at State.
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