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Orgeron and Hebert played on the school's Class 4A state championship team in Orgeron signed to play football at Louisiana State University , but left the program after his first year to transfer to Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Coaching career[ edit ] Early coaching years[ edit ] Orgeron began coaching in as a graduate assistant at Northwestern State and the following year coached at McNeese State in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
He then served two years as an assistant strength coach under Ken Hatfield at the University of Arkansas. In , he began his tenure with the University of Miami , under then-head coach Jimmy Johnson and his successor, Dennis Erickson.
While he was with the Hurricanes, the program won two national championships in and , and he recruited a young Dwayne Johnson later known as "The Rock" in his professional wrestling and film careers as a defensive lineman. It led to a turnaround in my lifestyle.
That's something that had to be done in my life, where I just [could feel] comfortable with what I'm doing today. In July , Orgeron was arrested for his part in a bar fight in Baton Rouge, Louisiana ; Orgeron acknowledged he had been intoxicated that night and had grown angry when not allowed back inside to retrieve his credit card.
After Hackett's firing, Orgeron was one of a handful of coaches retained by Hackett's replacement, Pete Carroll , a defensive specialist. The two had met during a high school football game when Carroll was still only a candidate for the head coach position, and connected over their shared passion for recruiting.
Orgeron took on the added responsibility of Recruiting Coordinator in , and was named assistant head coach in The University of Mississippi's offense finished the season ranked th out of Division I -A schools, in total offense; th in scoring; and, th in rushing.
Orgeron's defensive experience, along with returning linebacker Patrick Willis , helped the Rebel defense in , but as a result of the offensive woes, the team struggled and finished the season with a record of three wins and eight losses—the Rebels' worst record since In response to the results of his first season, Orgeron fired offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone ,  replacing him with former University of Miami offensive coordinator Dan Werner.
In , Ole' Miss finished the season ranked in scoring offense, in total offense, and in passing offense.
Until the season, he enjoyed the public support of The University of Mississippi's chancellor Robert Khayat and other administrators with oversight of the football program, including Athletic Director Pete Boone.
I am percent behind him, and I think that people ought to understand that he has a big challenge. It was the program's first winless conference season since On November 24, , after Ole Miss blew a point fourth-quarter lead to in-state rival Mississippi State in the season finale, Orgeron was fired.
He was replaced by former University of Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt who had resigned from the Arkansas program three days after Orgeron's firing. He worked as associate head coach, recruiting coordinator, and defensive line coach. It was announced on September 29, —after Lane Kiffin's firing—that Orgeron would be the interim head coach of the Trojans for the rest of the season, until athletic director Pat Haden found a permanent replacement.
Instead of resuming the intense aggressiveness he had used as a defensive line and head coach, he used a different approach this time.
Orgeron applied behavioral techniques he had used on his own teenage children, in an effort to approach his USC players "like my sons". This greatly threatened Orgeron's chances of winning the permanent head coach position.
The Trojans were 6—2 under Orgeron, finishing the regular season with a 9—4 record. Orgeron stated that he was going to "flip the script".
He promoted tight ends coach Steve Ensminger to offensive coordinator and brought back Pete Jenkins to take over as defensive line coach. Orgeron also decided to shorten practices and spend more time in the film room in order to keep players fresh.
In addition, he brought the "theme of daily practices" he modeled from coach Pete Carroll during Orgeron's first stint as an assistant at USC. On November 26, , LSU removed the "interim" tag from Orgeron's title and formally named him as its 32nd full-time head coach.
The beginning of the season saw Orgeron hired Matt Canada to be the offensive coordinator.
Canada was known for an offensive playbook that was heavily based on setting skilled positions in motion prior to the snap thus using jet sweeps often. However, the team went in their remaining games, finishing the year with a record. The season began with a season opening upset of 8th-ranked Miami, followed by another upset of 7th-ranked Auburn.
In response, the Tigers pulled off a shocking upset of number 2 ranked Georgia followed by avenging the previous year's loss to Mississippi State.
The LSU offense that had seemed to turn around after Steve Ensminger took over the duties of offensive coordinator was unable to score against Alabama's defense. LSU finished the season with a record of and were ranked sixth in the nation by the AP poll and seventh by the Coaches poll.
In , Orgeron had won an intense recruiting battle for Oher.
Director John Lee Hancock contacted Orgeron about playing himself, despite having been fired by Ole Miss prior to the filming of the movie; Orgeron agreed and impressed the filmmaker with his enthusiasm.