He may not have been the first choice, but so far Ed Orgeron has done everything LSU fans could’ve asked.
After landing the full-time head coaching role last November, Orgeron moved to retain the services of Dave Aranda as defensive coordinator and later brought in Matt Canada as his offensive coordinator. He brought in the No. 7 recruiting class for the 2017 cycle and has the No. 4 class for the 2018 recruiting cycle. That puts them on top of the SEC so far.
The Tigers already have begun spring practice, and the quarterback battle will be one to watch. Returning starter Danny Etling is considered the favorite, but the competition is far from over. Whoever is named the starter has the luxury of turning around and handing off the ball to Derrius Guice, one of the country’s best running backs.
In SEC Country‘s first approval poll rating, Orgeron earned an approval rating of 84.2 percent. That was good for fourth among the SEC coaches, and only Nick Saban had a higher ranking for SEC West coaches. Of course, that figures to change once the season starts and he begins coaching in games. LSU likely will have a ranking in the first AP poll, given the amount of talent it has coming back.
Orgeron reportedly signed a 5-year, $17.5-million contract with LSU. The Sept. 2 game against BYU will be his first season opener as a head football coach since 2007, when he was with Ole Miss. He also served as the interim head coach at Southern Cal in 2013.
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The SEC Country approval rating poll is designed to give an indication of fan happiness over a period of time.
Our formula is based on the percentage of respondents that select each answer. We multiply that percentage by the following factors: 1 (strongly approve), 0.67 (approve), 0.33 (disapprove) and 0.0 (strongly disapprove). In other words, if 50 percent of respondents select “strongly approve” and 50 percent select “approve,” the formula would be (50 x 1) + (50 x 0.67) = 83.5% approval rating.