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UCLA fan reveals what prompted Ed Orgeron trash talk before LSU game

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The UCLA fan in the “sissy blue shirt” who riled up LSU coach Ed Orgeron is explaining what exactly happened to prompt Orgeron’s response.

David Witzling is the UCLA fan who Orgeron talked back to ahead of Saturday’s game between the Bruins and Tigers at the Rose Bowl. Video of Orgeron’s comments went viral online before the game, which ultimately ended in a 38-27 UCLA win.

Witzling told Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times on Sunday that he interpreted Orgeron’s words as a shot at the entire UCLA fandom, since the shirt Witzling was wearing was actually black. Witzling also shared video shot by his wife Ana of the exchange, showing what got Orgeron so fired up.

The video shows Witzling referencing comments Orgeron had made as the interim coach of USC in 2013. At that time, Orgeron said the Trojans were going to “let those little boys from across town into our stadium and we’re gonna lock the gates” ahead of the rivalry game against UCLA. The Bruins won that game 35-14, and Orgeron was eliminated as a candidate for the permanent job two days later.

“Coach Orgeron, how are you doing?” Witzling told Orgeron on Saturday. “We’re going to lock those gates and we’re going to beat you down. Remember ‘SC?”

Witzling laughed off the exchange as Orgeron walked away, and told Bolch that he had just been having fun and interpreted Orgeron’s response as a signal that he’d gotten under the LSU coach’s skin.

“He uses his own slang and he’s original to Louisiana, so he speaks in his own way,” Witzling said. “But my interpretation, and if you look at what he said, he’s basically telling me to fight him right there and then. So it’s nice that you can get under their skin as a fan.

“I said something to get under his skin, nothing derogatory. I told him exactly what he told us years ago, and that led to his downfall then and I wanted to remind him.”

Whatever the case, UCLA is having a blast making the most of the comments Orgeron made. That will probably just frustrate the LSU coach even more in light of the team’s loss.

UCLA is having a blast trolling Ed Orgeron after Saturday’s win

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LSU coach Ed Orgeron talked a big game Saturday as his Tigers faced UCLA, but the Bruins are taking full advantage after winning the game.

UCLA beat LSU at the Rose Bowl 38-27 on Saturday, a huge win for Chip Kelly’s team. It came after Orgeron was spotted in a viral video humorously trading shots with a UCLA fan prior to the game.

Naturally, the Bruins are having a blast taking advantage of that viral video after the win. Their football recruiting account made a video out of it.

Just in case there’s any doubt, the official UCLA football Twitter account retweeted the video, too.

Orgeron hasn’t shied away from big proclamations in the past, and he’s come to regret it at times. Maybe he didn’t learn it as broadly as he needed to.

Ed Orgeron talked some trash to UCLA fan in ‘sissy blue shirt’

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Ed Orgeron had some great trash talk for a UCLA fan ahead of Saturday’s game.

Orgeron was walking with security down the tunnel at the Rose Bowl as he made his way into the stadium in Pasadena, Calif. A fan called out to him and had some words for the LSU coach.

Not one to back down, Orgeron came right back at the fan.

“Bring your a– on in your sissy blue shirt,” Orgeron responded, giving a laugh.

You have to love that. College football just wasn’t the same without the fans.

It’s really hard to believe after watching this video that Orgeron actually made this comment in March.

Ed Orgeron sends message to LSU fans amid Hurricane Ida

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Ed Orgeron sent a message on Twitter Monday to fans in Louisiana amid Hurricane Ida.

Hurricane Ida, a Category 4 storm, has caused damage in Louisiana and surrounding states over the last few days. There have been at least two reported deaths related to the storm, lost power, and there is “catastrophic” damage being projected.

Athletic programs have moved locations amid the storm, including LSU’s football team, which is in Houston. Tigers head football coach Ed Orgeron shared this message of gratitude to Houston. He also expressed his thoughts for all the fans in Louisiana.

LSU is set to play its season opener at UCLA on Saturday. They are scheduled to host McNeese State and then Central Michigan, both at Tiger Stadium, in the following two weeks.

Ed Orgeron makes admission about hiring of ex-DC Bo Pelini

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LSU’s hire of Bo Pelini as defensive coordinator went very poorly in 2020. On Monday, coach Ed Orgeron dropped a hint as to why it didn’t work out.

Orgeron admitted at LSU’s media day that he hadn’t even personally interviewed Pelini before hiring the former Nebraska coach as his defensive coordinator. Despite that, Orgeron said he’d have still hired Pelini even if he had interviewed him.

It’s an odd quote, and not a great look. Defensive coordinator is a hugely important position on a coaching staff, and even though Pelini came in with a solid reputation, LSU should have been doing its due diligence here. The hire didn’t work at all, as LSU’s defense gave up 492 yards per game in 2020, the fourth-worst mark in the entire FBS.

It’s not exactly a reassuring take from Orgeron considering he’s had issues with hiring assistants before. Hopefully for Tigers fans, new defensive coordinator Daronte Jones is a better fit for the program.

Ed Orgeron says he has learned his lesson about infamous defense quote

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LSU coach Ed Orgeron is shying away from bold proclamations about his team this season.

Orgeron memorably said last September that the Tigers’ defense was “so much better” than it had been at any point of the team’s 15-0 championship season in 2019. That comment aged terribly, as the Tigers surrendered 492 yards per game, the fourth-worst mark in the entire FBS. The defense’s performance was so bad, it ultimately cost Bo Pelini his job as LSU’s defensive coordinator.

On Wednesday, Orgeron said he felt the defense was improving from 2020, but alluded to his previous comments in noting why he was being a bit more conservative with his praise.

“You know, I’m going to be careful what I say about last year to this year, because last year I said something and it come back to bite me,” Orgeron said, via John Brice of FootballScoop. “So I’m going to be guarded in what I say.

“I do see a difference. I see our guys with their cleats in the grass. I see communication being better. I see the defense simpler. I see our guys attacking and playing football. But I’m going to hold judgment to the season. Lesson learned.”

It would be hard for the defense to be worse, but Orgeron’s note of caution is smart. He was definitely flying high ahead of last season as the coach of the reigning national champions, and it seems he just got a bit carried away. There’s no way the guy wants to be trolled all season again, so he’ll let the team’s play do the talking this time.

Alabama DL Byron Young trolls Ed Orgeron over sideline meltdown

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Alabama rolled up 55 points on LSU in a dominant 55-17 win at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, and there may have been something giving the Crimson Tide even more motivation.

Mac Jones went 20/28 for 385 yards and four touchdowns, while Najee Harris rushed for 145 and three touchdowns for the Tide. The 55 points marked the most Alabama has ever scored against LSU.

This year Alabama has an explosive offense, while LSU’s defense is weak. But more than that, a tweet from Byron Young hinted at some extra motivation.

Young, a sophomore defensive lineman, trolled Ed Orgeron on Twitter after the game. He posted a comment about a sideline meltdown the LSU coach had that said, “Roll tide what?”

What’s the story there? You may recall Orgeron hollered that exact phrase in a leaked locker room video after the Tigers’ win over Alabama last year. Some even put the catchphrase on a T-shirt.

Young obviously saw the video and was happy to get revenge a year later.

Ed Orgeron reacts to Joe Burrow season-ending injury

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Joe Burrow’s season-ending injury was hard for many to watch. It was especially difficult for his college coach.

LSU coach Ed Orgeron said he has texted Burrow, admitting that he was sad to see his former quarterback hurt as badly as he was on Sunday.

“It was tough to watch. We felt bad for him,” Orgeron said Monday, via Jake Rill of Saturday Down South. “Joe’s a competitor. I texted him today. I know he’s going to be back. I know his attitude. I thought he was having a Rookie of the Year season. We are very proud of him.”

Burrow won the Heisman Trophy for Orgeron and the Tigers last season en route to a national championship. He’s rightly considered an LSU legend, so they’ll be pained to see this happen to him.

Unfortunately, it was revealed Monday that Burrow’s injury was even worse than initially feared.

Ed Orgeron has an intense new fitness regime

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LSU coach Ed Orgeron has some extra time on his hands these days, and he’s found a pretty constructive way to use it.

Orgeron told Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take” that his new pastime is weekend running. Not just a little bit, either — we’re talking two hours a day three days a week.

“During the COVID, we had a lot of time off — and I’m single now so I have a lot of time,” Orgeron said, via TMZ Sports. “So I decided to start running 2 hours a day on the weekends — 2 hours on Friday, 2 hours on Saturday, 2 hours on Sunday … in the sun at 12 o’clock.”

Orgeron said he’s lost 25 pounds as a result. He also said running gives him “clarity” and he comes up with ideas for work and recruiting while doing it. And yes, he knows he’s not the fastest, but he doesn’t care.

“It’s a slow man’s run. I’ve been ridiculed for that,” Orgeron admitted. “But, you know what I told ’em? When you’re 59, you run like you walk!”

Orgeron’s got a point. He’s clearly happy and healthy, so who can judge? The guy’s been making the most of his free time lately, and it seems to be doing him good.

Ed Orgeron backs Bo Pelini after ugly defensive performance

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Ed Orgeron backed Bo Pelini even after LSU’s defense had its second poor performance of the season.

LSU dropped to 1-2 after losing at home 45-41 to Missouri in Baton Rouge, La. on Saturday.

Missouri quarterback Connor Bazelak threw for 406 yards and 4 touchdowns in the game. Missouri racked up 586 yards on offense and won despite losing three fumbles.

A lot of criticism was directed at Pelini, the first-year defensive coordinator, following the defeat. Orgeron says he still believes in the former Nebraska head coach, though he says they need to be better.

This is the second time in three games that LSU’s defense surrendered over 40 points. They gave up 44 at home in a loss to Mississippi State in their first game.

Pelini was hired to replace Dave Aranda, who became Baylor’s head coach. This is Pelini’s second stint as LSU’s defensive coordinator, but it’s not off to a great start. Pelini’s task does not get any easier next week when the team visits Florida.