He may not have been LSU’s first choice, but Ed Orgeron is pushing all the right buttons as the team’s coach.
After being promoted to the full-time role in November, Orgeron moved to retain Dave Aranda as defensive coordinator and later brought in Matt Canada as 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 latter number is good for first in the SEC.
The Tigers’ latest recruiting win came when 4-star wide WR Kenan Jones re-committed to the Tigers.
The Tigers have completed spring practice, and the quarterback battle will be one to watch. Returning starter Danny Etling is considered the favorite and is recovering from back surgery, but the competition is far from over. Whoever is named the starter has the luxury of handing the ball to Derrius Guice, one of the country’s best running backs.
In SEC Country’s previous approval poll rating, Orgeron’s rating was 89.5 percent. Only Alabama’s Nick Saban had a higher ranking for SEC coaches. Of course, that number could 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 five-year, $17.5 million contract with LSU. The Sept. 2 game against BYU will be his first season opener as a team’s coach since 2007, when he was with Ole Miss. He also served as interim 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 who 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.