LSU coach Les Miles and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron had a “good talk” on Thursday as the Tigers take steps to keep the Louisiana native on staff, a source told The Advocate.
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen is, or at least was, pursuing Orgeron for his vacancy at defensive coordinator, according to FootballScoop.com and two sources at LSU. It would be an unexpected move, many feel, if Orgeron were to leave given his feelings on Louisiana and LSU.
Orgeron’s son is expected to start school at LSU in the fall, and the coach’s family lives just a 45-minute drive from Baton Rouge. In the past, he’s called LSU a dream place of his to work.
Mullen’s potential offer was worth about $900,000 a year, two sources confirmed to The Advocate. A source at Mississippi State refutes that figure, but confirmed that Mullen and Orgeron have discussed the job.
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.
Mullen interviewed Orgeron for the job last year before the coach joined the Tigers as defensive line coach. FootballScoop.com reported that Orgeron turned down an offer from State last year. Southern Cal pursued Orgeron to join its staff as recently as last week as well, multiple sources confirmed.
Orgeron, hired last year to replace Brick Haley, helped mold the Tigers’ defensive line into a fierce pass-rushing group that finished with 34 sacks, and he’s known as an aggressive recruiter. Orgeron is listed as the primary or secondary recruiter on at least six of LSU’s 19 commitments in a 2016 class ranked No. 1 nationally.
LSU is working on a new deal with Orgeron that would include an extension and a raise.
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