BATON ROUGE - LSU interim head football coach Ed Orgeron will officially have the "interim" part erased from his title in a press conference at LSU at noon Saturday.
LSU athletic director Joe Alleva has hired Orgeron, 55, for the permanent job, multiple sources and outlets began reporting early Saturday. LSU announced the noon press conference at about 7 a.m. Saturday.
On Wednesday night, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, who was a target of Alleva for a year, turned down LSU. LSU officials met with Houston coach Tom Herman on Thursday in Houston, according to multiple Tiger Athletic Foundation contacts, and offered him the job. Herman, 41, never said yes and may be announced as Texas' new coach soon.
Alleva named Orgeron LSU's interim coach on Sept. 25 to replace fired head coach Les Miles. Orgeron inherited a 2-2 team and went 5-2, including an impressive 54-39 victory at Texas A&M on Thursday night. He was 6-2 as USC's interim coach in 2013 but did not get the permanent job. He took a year off, then was named LSU's defensive line coach in January of 2015 and later its recruiting coordinator. As Ole Miss' head coach from 2005-07, Orgeron was 10-25 overall and 3-21 in the Southeastern Conference.
Orgeron is a Larose native who originally signed at LSU in 1979 as a lineman but soon quit and transferred to Northwestern State. He previously coached Northwestern State, McNeese State, Arkansas, Miami, Nicholls State, Syracuse, USC, Ole Miss, the New Orleans Saints, Tennessee and USC again before LSU.