Mississippi State pursuing LSU’s Ed Orgeron while LSU works on a new deal, sources confirm

Mississippi State is pursuing LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron for its open defensive coordinator position, even as LSU works on a new contract for the coach.

Ed Orgeron (Travis Spradling)

Ed Orgeron helped the Tigers’ defense roll up 34 sacks last season. (Travis Spradling)

Sources at LSU confirm a report from FootballScoop.com on Thursday that Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen is hoping Orgeron will be his new coordinator, but it’s a stretch given Orgeron’s LSU and Louisiana connections.

Mullen’s potential offer is worth about $900,000 a year, two sources confirmed to The Advocate. A source at Mississippi State refutes that number, but confirmed that Mullen and Orgeron have discussed the job.

Orgeron makes $450,000 a year and is beginning the second year of a two-year contract with the Tigers. Mississippi State is searching for a new coordinator after Manny Diaz left for Miami. Diaz made $575,000 last year at State.

Mullen interviewed Orgeron for the job last year before the coach joined the Tigers as defensive line coach. FootballScoop.com reported that Orgeron turned down an offer from State last year.

Southern Cal pursued Orgeron to join its staff as recently as last week as well, multiple sources confirmed.

Orgeron, hired last year to replace Brick Haley, is native to Louisiana and has raved in the past about this being his dream – coaching at LSU. The coach helped mold the Tigers’ defensive line into a fierce pass-rushing group that finished with 34 sacks, and he’s known as an aggressive recruiter. Orgeron is listed as the primary or secondary recruiter on at least six of LSU’s 19 commitments in a 2016 class ranked No. 1 nationally.

LSU is working on a new contract with Orgeron that would include an extension and a raise – similar to the one the school gave defensive backs coach Corey Raymond.

A source confirmed that Raymond received an extension and raise this week. Raymond’s contract ended after the 2016 season, and he had made $310,000 – the second lowest of any assistant on staff. Auburn had pursued Raymond, a source said. Auburn recently hired away Kevin Steele as its defensive coordinator.

Les Miles indicated on Tuesday that the school wishes to keep Raymond and Orgeron on staff after hiring new defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.

“I know we want both of these guys to be here and have talked to both of those guys about being here,” Miles said.

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