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Column: Coach O turns out to be the perfect choice for LSU

ATLANTA (AP) — He comes at you with that raspy Cajun timbre, his words delivered from deep in the throat in rapid-fire succession, often requiring subtitles for those not raised in the backwaters of southern Louisiana.

Ed Orgeron's portly, weathered face reveals every line and wrinkle of a man who would surely be most comfortable in some dive bar, grasping an Abita while delivering an endless collection of interesting tales — the minutes becoming hours, the night becoming day.

He is rough around the edges, husky and always a bit unkempt, as though maybe he slept in the clothes he's wearing.