AP All-SEC Football

LSU coach Ed Orgeron will lead his team into the CFP semifinals for the first time in school history when the top-ranked Tigers play No. 4 Oklahoma in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Dec. 28 in Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

After guiding LSU to its first appearance in the College Football Playoff and winning the team's first conference title in eight seasons, LSU coach Ed Orgeron was named the ESPN's Coach of the Year Award.

He's the first Tigers coach to win the award since Les Miles in 2011 and the second ever in the 25-year history of the award.

Notre Dame's Brian Kelly won the award last season.

Orgeron was named the AP SEC Coach of the Year on Monday, when he was also named one of six finalists for the George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award.

The Larose native is also on the Bear Bryant Award watch list.

Orgeron's Tigers completed a perfect regular season in which the team snapped an eight-game losing streak to Alabama, then LSU beat Georgia 37-10 on Saturday to win the program's first SEC championship game since 2011.

Orgeron is 38-9 in his four-year career at LSU, and the Tigers are 9-1 in their last 10 games against top 10 opponents.

LSU (13-0) will play Oklahoma on Dec. 28 in the Peach Bowl. The winner will advance to the national championship game Jan. 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

With ESPN's Coach of the Year Award, Orgeron earned a $50,000 bonus. Added to the $25,000 bonus he earned for AP SEC Coach of the Year, he has now maxed out on the "Coaching Recognition Incentive Compensation" portion of his contract.

Orgeron will also collect $500,000 for 12 regular season victories, plus $200,000 for winning the SEC championship.

If LSU wins the national championship, Orgeron's postseason incentives will max out at $1.2 million.


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