Say what you will about Coach O, but he’s quite the card, as this story demonstrates.
I assume he still wants another crack at coaching, so it would have to wait, but if he ever were to sit down and do a tell-all, I imagine it would be a helluva story. (Especially the audiobook version.)
Keen, piercing analysis from the head coach of the team currently mired in last place in the SEC West:
One day, we’re either going to look back at LSU’s 2019 natty — less than two years ago! — as an utterly inexplicable occurrence, or else athletic directors of major college football powers are going to weaponize Orgeron’s fleeting, improbable success against their head coaches with a “if Coach O could win a national championship, how come you can’t?”. Or both, maybe.
Coach O says no.
Alabama knocked off LSU on Saturday in a much closer game than most expected. Afterward, Ed Orgeron didn’t come away thinking that Nick Saban’s club is the powerhouse that it usually is.
The Tigers lost 20–14, which was an improvement from the 55–17 loss in 2020. That last meeting served as a revenge game after the Tigers knocked off the Tide and rolled through the rest of the SEC en route to a national championship in ’19.
“I felt we were a better team than them,” Orgeron, who will not be back with the team in 2022, said. “I don’t know if they played to their peak performance or not, but I felt we matched up pretty good.
“I can’t judge how good they are,” he added. “They aren’t as good as they were in the past. They might be the best team in the country; I don’t know. But they weren’t that night.”
I wonder if anyone will be saying that after the SECCG. I sure hope so.
It may be time to re-evaluate Coach O’s recruiting prowess.
That’s a five-star missing list if I’ve ever seen one.
LSU Chizik’s Coach O:
It’s an attractive job, so I’m sure we’ll see all sorts of names circulate for the next few months. And Orgeron recruits well enough he can find employment somewhere else if he wants.
Trash talking is back, with a vengeance.
That one left a mark. And deservedly so.
This is why they pay Coach O the big bucks.
Think I woulda stuck to a simple “yaw, yaw, yaw, yaw, footbaw”, myself.
Of all the answers in the world, this is certainly one of them.
… Late last month, Orgeron was added as a defendant to a Title IX lawsuit claiming he failed to report a rape allegation against former running back Derrius Guice.
When that topic came up, Orgeron said, “That’s something I’m not going to comment on. It’s an ongoing investigation, and I’m not going to comment on any of that. Thanks for asking, though.”
Gosh, I’m sure that will settle things. Best of luck with that approach in your deposition, fella.
A little noshfest from around the world of football:
Okay, here’s a fun little mental exercise for you.
As is always the case, the expectations in Athens and Baton Rouge will be very high in 2021.
There are plenty of reasons to like both teams to be legitimate contenders not just for their respective SEC divisions but the College Football Playoff but having preseason hype and living up to those massive expectations are two different things.
Taking that into consideration, which coach needs a big season more in 2021, Kirby Smart or Ed Orgeron?
That was a question asked of ESPN host Paul Finebaum on Monday during his latest appearance on Birmingham-based WJOX 94.5 FM radio show The Roundtable.
Without looking at the linked piece, predict the answer and Finebaum’s rationale for it.