DALLAS (FWAA) LSU coach Ed Orgeron
has been named the 2019 Allstate Sugar Bowl Eddie Robinson
Coach of the Year after the Tigers registered a perfect
13-0 regular season, won their 12th Southeastern Conference title,
and earned the No. 1 ranking in the College Football Playoff.
Selected by the Football Writers Association of America,
Orgeron will be honored on the evening of Saturday, Jan. 11, during
a reception in New Orleans, two days before his Tigers could be
playing for the CFB Playoff National Championship at the Mercedes-Benz
Superdome. He is the first Eddie Robinson Award recipient to appear
in the six years of the College Football Playoff.
58-year-old Orgeron will be receiving the iconic bust of another
Louisiana native, the late Robinson, a College Football Hall of
Fame coach at Grambling State University for 55 years and winner
of 408 career games. Orgeron is from Larose in south Louisiana.
Robinson was born in Jackson, in the northern part of the state,
but later attended high school in Baton Rouge.
"Coach Orgeron is an incredibly deserving winner of this prestigious
honor," 2019 FWAA President Matt Fortuna said. "From the ways he
has reinvented his program on and off the field, to the bonds he
has formed with his players, it is easy to see how he has led LSU
to a No. 1 ranking this season. (LSU quarterback) Joe Burrow's Heisman
speech alone made me want to run through a brick wall for Coach
"On behalf of the Sugar Bowl Committee, I want to congratulate
Coach O for his outstanding achievements this year," said Judge
Monique Morial, President of the Sugar Bowl Committee. "A perfect
regular season, an SEC Championship and the No. 1 seed in the College
Football Playoff. Its been quite a year for the Tigers."
Riding a 14-game winning streak, LSU has registered 13 victories
in a season for only the second time and will meet No. 4 Oklahoma
on Dec. 28 in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta in one of two
national semifinal games. A win in Atlanta sends LSU to the title
game in New Orleans.
|Ed Orgeron and his LSU
headed to the College Football Playoff
This truly has been a magical season for LSU.
Orgeron's 2019 team has set several school records, including
points in a season (621), points per game (554.3) and passing yards
(5,029). Senior All-America quarterback Joe Burrow is the FWAA's
first-team signal-caller along with receiver Ja'Marr Chase, who
joins him in the first team honor. Center Lloyd Cushenberry III
and cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. earned second-team FWAA honors.
"I'm very proud of our football team. In the spring I could
see them coming together," Orgeron said following LSU's 37-10
victory over Georgia in the SEC Championship. "They were starting
in their first season with the spread offense and having Joe (Burrow)
run it, then having (passing game coordinator) Joe Brady here and
to see the evolution of the spread offense, which our fans have
been wanting for a long time. We're finally gelling on defense that
last couple of games. There was a lot of pride on the defense, I
knew they were going to play their best ball. It's just a good time
at LSU, and everybody is pulling the same side of the rope."
The 2019 Tigers' offense is the only unit in SEC history to include
a 4,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers
in the same season. Burrow, the SEC's Offensive Player of the Year,
has broken league records for passing yards and touchdowns; and
his completion percentage and passing efficiency ratings are on
pace to break NCAA records.
"Coach Ed Orgeron and the LSU Tigers' impressive 13-0 regular
season record is a testament to Coach O's relentless leadership
and guidance of one of college football's most storied programs,"
said Eddie Robinson III, grandson of the legendary coach. "Congratulations
Coach Orgeron from the Robinson Family on winning the 2019 'Eddie'!"
Orgeron becomes the third LSU coach to collect the FWAA Coach
of the Year Award. Paul Dietzel claimed it in 1958, a year in which
the Tigers won the national title and beat Clemson in the Sugar
Bowl at the old Tulane Stadium. The other LSU wining coach was current
Alabama coach Nick Saban, who led the Tigers to the national title
in 2003, when LSU beat Oklahoma, 21-14 in the Bowl Championship
Series, in the Sugar Bowl at the Superdome.
Orgeron is now one of four different Southeastern Conference
coaches to win the FWAA honor since Robinson became the namesake
in 1997, the year the legendary coach retired from coaching. The
others were Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer in 1998; Saban in 2003 at
LSU and again in '08 at Alabama; and Gus Malzahn at Auburn in 2013.
The affable Orgeron, with a thick Cajun drawl, receives the award
after a vote of the FWAA membership. The other eight finalist coaches
were in, alphabetical order: Ryan Day, Ohio State; Eliah Drinkwitz,
Appalachian State; Sonny Dykes, SMU; P.J. Fleck, Minnesota; Bryan
Harsin, Boise State; Mike Norvell, Memphis; Matt Rhule, Baylor;
and Dabo Swinney, Clemson.
Orgeron, a defensive line coach by trade, started his college
playing career at LSU but transferred to Northwestern (La.) State
after his first year in Baton Rouge. He later was an assistant coach
on national championship staffs at Miami (Fla.) and USC. He became
head coach at Ole Miss in 2005 but lasted only three seasons before
he was fired after a 3-9 season in 2007.
Eventually, he wound up back at USC in 2010, where he stayed
though the 2013 season. Orgeron served as interim head coach most
of that season after head coach Lane Kiffin was fired. When he didn't
get that job fulltime, he took an assistant's job at LSU in 2015
and eventually became head coach in 2016 after Les Miles' tenure
Along the way as head coach at LSU, one of Orgeron's coaching
moves was to accept Ohio State transfer quarterback Joe Burrow,
who has become LSU's second Heisman Trophy winner. Billy Cannon
claimed the Heisman Trophy in 1959, the year after LSU won its first
"I think at the end of the day you got to be a good fit," Clemson
coach Dabo Swinney said of Orgeron. "He certainly was a great fit
for LSU. He's put a good staff together. He's provided great leadership
and stability. But I think more importantly belief. He's brought
some passion into that program, not that they didn't have it before,
but I just think it's been fun to watch."
The FWAA has presented a coaching award since the 1957 season
when Ohio State's Woody Hayes was named the first recipient. Beginning
in 1997, the FWAA Coach of the Year Award has been named in honor
of the late Robinson, a coaching legend at Grambling State University
for 55 seasons.
Robinson, who passed away in 2007, won 70.7 percent of his games
during his illustrious career. Robinson's teams won or tied for
17 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championships after joining
the league in 1959. His Tigers won nine Black College Football Championships
during his career spent all at the same school.
The Eddie Robinson Award is a member of the National
College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses
college football's most prestigious awards. Founded in 1997, the
NCFAA and its 25 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to
1935. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.
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28 national champions, 93 Hall of Fame players, 50 Hall of Fame
coaches and 18 Heisman Trophy winners in its 85-year history. The
86th Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, featuring the Baylor
Bears from the Big 12 and the Georgia Bulldogs from the SEC, will
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football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and
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