Now happily retired, former LSU coach Ed Orgeron laughs off Northwestern U. report,

Now happily retired, former LSU coach Ed Orgeron laughs off Northwestern U. report,
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NATCHITOCHES — Former LSU football coach Ed Orgeron was amused to hear the report that surfaced Wednesday afternoon saying he “would have interest” in the vacant coaching job at Northwestern University.

Orgeron, who turns 62 on July 27, laughed off the report from that said he could be a candidate to fill the vacancy at Northwestern, which is located in Evanston, Illinois.

The school fired Pat Fitzgerald for cause Monday amid hazing allegations within his program. A former star player at Northwestern, Fitzgerald coached the Wildcats for the past 17 seasons.

Orgeron, who led LSU to a 15-0 record and the CFP championship in 2019, told The Advocate late Wednesday night at a downtown Natchitoches restaurant that he’s not going to coach again after being fired in October 2021.

In town to attend the funeral Thursday of a close friend, Orgeron said he learned about the report while jogging on the Northwestern State campus, his alma mater.

“I started getting all these messages,” he said with a laugh.

Quoting a source, the story said Orgeron would be interested in replacing Fitzgerald if school officials made a run at the former LSU coach.

“Man, I don’t know where they get this stuff,” he said, again laughing off the report.

Orgeron also shot down the story earlier in the evening when reached by The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman.

In refuting the report, Orgeron says he’s happily retired and enjoys being a dad to his three sons — all of whom are coaching on the collegiate level.

He also made sure to note he can do whatever he wants when he wants to and thoroughly loves his current job after agreeing to a $16.8 million settlement with LSU.

He didn’t coach this past season and now splits his time between his home in Baton Rouge and Miami, content to be watching from the sideline again this coming season — and, apparently, beyond.

While squashing the report about the Northwestern job, Orgeron again was adamant Wednesday night about being finished with coaching.

“I’m done with that,” he said while brandishing a big smile.


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