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Ed Orgeron receives coach of the year, Amway Coaches Poll trophies

NASHVILLE — Just 16 hours after LSU won the national championship, Tigers coach Ed Orgeron had somewhere he needed to be – Nashville.

That’s right – Orgeron left Louisiana on Tuesday and arrived at the Opryland Hotel and Convention Center where the American Football Coaches Association convention is taking place. 

He was there to pick up the Amway Coaches Poll championship trophy and the AFCA FBS Coach of the Year trophy, which was voted on exclusively by coaches, in the aftermath of LSU’s 42-25 win over Clemson in New Orleans.  

“Obviously, I’ve been lucky. I’ve been in some great places with Jimmy Johnson, Dennis Erickson, Paul Pasqualoni and then Pete Carroll,” Orgeron said. “I’m still in touch with those guys that are mentors of mine. I learned what I could from each one.”

The main lesson Orgeron said he learned that helped him reach the top level in his profession was to allow those he trusted on his staff to pull their share of the weight.

“I learned my lesson from Ole Miss (2005-07) not to micromanage,” he said, referring to the program from which he was fired. “I had to get great people around me and let them to do their job, and I do. In fact, when I’m on the headset my job on offense is just to call the timeout. That’s all I do. And say, ‘Go, Joe, go!'”

Joe Brady was LSU’s passing game coordinator – he’s reportedly heading to the NFL to be the Carolina Panthers’ offensive coordinator – and Joe Burrow was the Tigers quarterback.

Orgeron said he already has accepted an invitation to visit the White House. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attended the national championship game.

Orgeron celebrated well into the night after Monday’s victory. He said the only sleep he had gotten was on the short flight to Nashville.  

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