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When it comes to building a championship football program, there’s none better than LSU head coach Ed Orgeron. A driven leader with a vision on how to achieve success, Orgeron needed only three years to fulfill a pledge he made at his introductory press conference on Nov. 26, 2016 when he vowed to “build a championship program at LSU.”
Orgeron did just that in 2019, leading LSU to the most dominant season in college football history, guiding the Tigers to a 15-0 mark and the CFP National Championship. But Orgeron’s definition of a championship program goes much farther than winning championships on the football field. It’s also about developing young men, both on and off the field; it’s about fielding a team of high-character players that are determined to compete at the highest level on the field, while pursuing an education off the field; it’s about players focused on the success of the team, not individual awards; it’s about players doing the right thing, all of the time. It’s known as the LSU Standard of Performance, not just on Saturday nights during the fall, but year-round.
And with that mentality, which starts at the top with Orgeron – a coach who never takes credit for his team’s success, but instead praises his staff and his players – LSU stormed its way to the 2019 national title, winning 12 of 15 games by double-figures and beating seven Top 10 opponents along the way.
Since taking over the Tigers four games into the 2016 season, Orgeron has guided LSU to a 40-9 mark – which ties for the most wins by any coach in school history during the first 49 games of their career. He’s also led the Tigers to five postseason victories – one in the SEC Championship Game, two bowl games and two in the College Football Playoffs.
Under Orgeron, the Tiger program has produced 11 first team All-Americas, four national award winners, including the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner in quarterback Joe Burrow, and 32 NFL Draft picks, which includes nine in the first round. In the 2020 NFL Draft, LSU set an SEC record with five first round picks and tied the all-time mark with 14 players selected during the seven-round event.
When it comes to recruiting, there’s none better than Orgeron and his staff who continue to assemble the best roster in college football with a focus that includes keeping the best players in Louisiana at home, while also attracting the top talent from coast to coast.
Now entering its fourth full season under Orgeron, LSU has used the “One Team, One Heartbeat” philosophy along with the ability to “block out the noise” to become the premier program in college football.