Ed Orgeron, who has led LSU to an undefeated regular season and an SEC Championship this season, has been named Home Depot College Football Coach of the Year.
The award, voted on annually by ESPN and ABC analysts, is given to the top coach in the FBS. Orgeron is the second LSU coach to earn the honor.
Orgeron’s predecessor Les Miles won the award back in 2011, the last time the Tigers won the SEC and the last time they played in the national championship game.
Ed Orgeron has been named the Home Depot College Football Coach of the Year. #LSU
— Brody Miller (@BrodyAMiller) December 11, 2019
LSU’s decision to make Orgeron its permanent head coach after his 6-2 mark as the interim leader during the 2016 season was a controversial one. Many thought the native Louisianan was out of his depth running the Tigers.
However, he’s been outstanding, compiling a 38-9 overall record at LSU and leading the program to its first-ever College Football Playoff appearance.
The Tigers will take on Oklahoma in the Peace Bowl on December 28. If they win, they’ll play the winner of Ohio State-Clemson for the national title.