Orgeron Named to Bear Bryant Award Watch List

by Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette)
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Orgeron Named to Bear Bryant Award Watch List

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Ed Orgeron, who has guided the Tigers to a 7-0 start and a No. 2 national ranking, has been named to the 2019 American Heart Association Bear Bryant Award Watch List, the organization announced.
 
Orgeron, who is in his fourth season as head coach of the Tigers, has a 32-9 overall mark at LSU with seven of his victories coming against Top 10 opponents, including two in 2019.
 
Orgeron is one of 22 coaches from across the country named to the watch list. The list of 22 will be narrowed to a group of finalists in December.
 
Since taking over as head coach of the Tigers during the 2016 season, Orgeron has transformed LSU into one of the nation’s elite programs, winning 25 of the 32 games by double-figures and 16 against Top 25 opponents.
 
Overall, LSU has played 36 of its 41 games under Orgeron ranked in the Top 25 with 16 of those contests coming as a Top 10 team. LSU is currently riding an 8-game winning streak and the Tigers are 17-3 over their last 20 games dating back to last year.
 
The Paul “Bear” Bryant Award recognizes the country’s top college football coaches for their contributions both on and off the field. The Coach of the Year Award is the only college coaching honor selected after all bowl games are concluded and is voted on by the National Sports Media Association.
 
The winner will be announced live on FOX Sports Southwest and FOX Sports GO Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 during the awards dinner and ceremony, benefiting the American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, at the Post Oak Hotel in Houston.