LSU football coach Ed Orgeron will be depicted on an NBC-TV show that premieres next month.

NBC spokesperson Tori Walsh confirmed Wednesday that Orgeron will be portrayed in "Young Rock," a seven-episode series about the early life of pro wrestler and actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Orgeron was defensive line coach at the University of Miami from 1988-92; Johnson played there from 1990-94.

Orgeron told sports radio host T-Bob Hebert about it Tuesday morning on the "Off the Bench" show on 104.5 FM ESPN Radio.

"There will be a Coach O character on there, so it'll be pretty cool," Orgeron said in the interview. 

The subject came up when Hebert asked Orgeron about how Warren Sapp, a Miami star who went on to the Pro Football Hall of Fame after a 13-year National Football League career, claimed that many of Johnson's wrestling catch-phrases such as "shove it sideways" and "candyass" were lines he picked up from Orgeron, who had a reputation as a high-intensity coach.

"I can confirm some of it, but I won't claim all of it, I promise you," Orgeron said. "We had a good time. I loved those guys. I was different then. I was a young coach, full of vinegar and ready to go every day, obviously."

The series premieres at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16.


Email George Morris at gmorris@theadvocate.com.