Ole Miss Rebels

LSU goes native; Ed Orgeron to stay on as coach

Ed Orgeron, the burly, boisterous Cajun who energized LSU's football program in the wake of coach Les Miles' dismissal, briefly and uncharacteristically struggled to speak.

The 55-year-old from the small bayou town of Larose, Louisiana, was trying to publicly thank his mother and late father when his distinctive, raspy, baritone voice fell silent and he paused to keep from sobbing. The significance of the moment had fully set in.

On Saturday, LSU formally named Orgeron the permanent head coach of the flagship college football program in the state where he was raised before venturing out on a career that took him from coast-to-coast and back again.

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