The LSU Tigers found themselves struggling against the Missouri Tigers on Saturday, and it reminded a lot of people about a preseason quote that has not aged well.
Coach Ed Orgeron said in September that this year’s LSU team was “so much better on defense right now” than they were at any point in 2019. Those comments looked to be aging poorly when Missouri put up 24 first half points on Saturday, battling LSU to a tie at the half.
Let’s just say a lot of people were quick to call back Orgeron’s quote.
Coach O kind of set himself up for this one. LSU’s defense is talented, but that was a national championship team.
Orgeron is used to proving people wrong. After all, he wasn’t even expected to last at LSU a couple years back. He’s got a fresh set of doubters now, and he has to get his defense to shape up.
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron says he believes most of his players have already contracted the coronavirus, and he is hopeful that means they will be immune to it for at least a while going forward.
Orgeron told reporters on Tuesday that the majority of LSU players have had COVID-19.
“Not all of our players, but most of our players have caught it,” he said, via ESPN’s Alex Scarborough. “I think that hopefully they won’t catch it again, and hopefully they’re not out for games. … Hopefully once you catch it, you don’t get it again. I’m not a doctor. I think they have that 90-day window, so most of the players that have caught it, we do feel like they’ll be eligible for games.”
Orgeron was referring to the NCAA’s policy on players who have already tested positive for the coronavirus. Those players do not have to be tested again for another 90 days. It’s unclear exactly how many LSU players have had COVID-19, as the school has chosen not to provide regular reports of coronavirus numbers.
LSU is ranked No. 6 in the nation heading into the season. The defending national champions will take on Mississippi State in their season opener on Sept. 26.
Derrius Guice was accused of raping multiple women while at LSU in an explosive report that was published this week, and some questions were raised about how much Ed Orgeron knew. The Tigers head coach says he had no knowledge of the alleged assaults.
Two women told USA Today that they were sexually assaulted by Guice when the running back was a freshman in 2016. One anonymous former LSU football recruit says he was dating one of the victims at the time, and he steered clear of Guice during his redshirt freshman season because he “probably would have lost my (expletive) on him.” The former player also claimed Orgeron spoke with him about the alleged sexual assault a year after it happened.
“(Orgeron) said, ‘Everybody’s girlfriend sleeps with other people,’” the former LSU player told USA Today.
The player said he is unaware of how Orgeron found out about the alleged sexual encounter between his then-girlfriend and Guice. He does, however, believe Orgeron knew it was not consensual and says he “lost all respect” for the coach.
Orgeron issued a statement on Thursday night addressing the USA Today report. He said he will not reveal the full details of his conversation with the anonymous former player, but added that “any insinuation that I had knowledge of his girlfriend and Derrius Guice is completely false.”
Multiple members of the LSU coaching staff were reportedly informed about the sexual assaults, but the university never conducted an official investigation.
Guice was released by the Washington Football Team earlier this month following a domestic violence arrest. The details from that incident were quite disturbing. Between the arrest and the LSU allegations, his days in the NFL may be over.
Ed Orgeron has a new hobby.
The LSU coach has had extra free time this offseason due to many college football activities being suspended. With that free time, Orgeron has taken up a new sport: boxing.
Orgeron began training with Baton Rouge-based trainer L.J. Morvant roughly two months ago, spending two hours a night three nights a week working on his form and technique. Morvant is impressed with Orgeron’s skills, and the LSU coach has even managed to bruise his trainer through body pads.
“He’s an incredibly strong and explosive man,” Morvant told Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated. “He loves boxing. It was love at first punch.”
Orgeron has been a lifelong boxing fan and always wanted to learn the sport, and took advantage of the free time to do it. He even added that being the pupil and not the teacher has made him a better coach.
“I have extra time now,” Orgeron said. “I get in there in the ring and I am the pupil. We go at it. He teaches me. It’s really good for me to see how it is to be the pupil again. It makes me a better coach.”
As for Morvant, a lifelong LSU fan, training the school’s football coach has been a dream — and even made him cool to his kids.
“This man has motivated me in ways he doesn’t understand. He has redeemed me completely in my kids’ eyes,” Morvant said. “When daddy is coaching Coach Orgeron, daddy is a hero.”
Well, Coach O is definitely a guy who knows how to motivate people. It sounds like he’s becoming quite the amateur boxer at the age of 59, and is in pretty good shape. Plus, it’s certain to impress his players once they’re together again in person.
There has been a lot of talk about the college football season potentially being delayed or canceled altogether, and the defending national champions want everyone to know that decision rests in our hands.
In a video posted on the Tigers’ official Twitter account, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron asked team doctor Brent Bankston if he believes the 2020 season will start on time. Bankston said that depends upon how seriously everyone takes the social distancing guidelines put in place by the CDC and the White House.
While death numbers have increased rapidly in recent days, there has been some positive news with the coronavirus outbreak. New cases and hospitalizations in New York — which has been the epicenter of the disease in the United States — appear to be flattening. Italy and Spain, which have been hit extremely hard by COVID-19, are also trending in the right direction and appear to have gotten through the worst of their respective curves.
Some governors have been using the threat of a delayed or canceled college football season as a way to urge people to follow social distancing guidelines, and LSU is taking the same approach. While one prominent analyst seems to think there will not be a college football season, it is far too early to make that call.
Ed Orgeron and his longtime wife Kelly have split apart.
The New Orleans Advocate reported on Wednesday that Orgeron filed a divorce petition in the East Baton Rouge Parish Family Court. The petition was filed on Feb. 26 and states the two have been living apart since Feb. 24.
Ed and Kelly got married in 1997 and just passed 23 years of marriage before they split apart. They have two children — twin boys who were born in 1998.
Ed is 58 and coming off his best year ever as a coach as he helped LSU win the national championship. Kelly is from Arkansas, and the two were both previously married. They got married two months after meeting and were said to have eloped.
Two years ago, SI wrote about medical issues Kelly was having related to a botched surgery.
The state of Louisiana has enlisted LSU coach Ed Orgeron to record a public service announcement about the coronavirus pandemic.
Coach O is a very popular figure in Louisiana after leading the Tigers to a national title. His commanding presence — and that voice — make for a truly outstanding PSA.
All sound advice, and from quite an authoritative figure, too. Perhaps it’s not going to go down as his most iconic speech, but if anyone who wasn’t taking this seriously hears Orgeron’s words and heeds them, it may end up being his most important.
Ed Orgeron is quickly becoming known for his very unusual methods of firing up his teams. Sometimes it even gets him hurt.
Some fans noticed Orgeron had a small cut on his forehead during his pregame interview with ESPN. That, according to the broadcast, was because he punched himself after a practice to fire up his team.
Here’s a closer look at the wound.
Orgeron is just different, but there’s a reason his players love playing for him. Maybe the LSU coach was just taking cues from his quarterback on how to get his players riled up.
Ed Orgeron is one of the most entertaining figures in all of sports, and LSU’s incredible season this year has given us an opportunity to learn even more about him. The more we learn about Coach O, the easier it is to like him.
ESPN’s David M. Hale put together an outstanding collection of stories about Orgeron from several of his friends, family members and players, and they are all worth reading. One of the best, however, came from longtime Syracuse head equipment manager Kyle Fetterly. Orgeron was on the Syracuse staff from 1995-1997, and Fetterly said the LSU coach was always the first guy to show up to work when former head coach Paul Pasqualoni wanted the equipment staff to arrive for two-a-day workouts at 4 a.m. Orgeron’s reason for getting there so early was outstanding.
Fetterly says one of his assistants asked Orgeron one day why a guy who is in such great shape wants to be on the field two hours early banging out sit-ups, push-ups, chin-ups and squat thrusts. Orgeron looked at him stunned and said he would never take a day off.
“Son, the day I can’t whoop a man’s ass is the day I don’t get out of bed,” Fetterly recalled him saying.
Some view Orgeron’s personality as a bit over the top, but he has clearly been like that his entire life. We already knew that from his former players revealing how Orgeron likes to punch himself in the face, which is likely a side effect of all the energy drinks he slams down.
If LSU caps off the year with a win over Clemson on Monday night, there’s no telling what Coach O is going to do. We just know it will be must-see TV.
One of the most common New Year’s resolutions has to do with dieting. People often pledge to eat better and exercise more in order to become more healthy in the new year. Even Ed Orgeron is part of that group, only he has a realistic take on his chances.
Orgeron said Tuesday that his New Year’s resolution is to “try to eat less and it won’t happen.”
Isn’t that how it always goes? Coach O goes on a lot of recruiting trips and is eating lots of gumbo and crawfish, so that makes it tough to follow a stricter diet. You have to love his honesty. His LSU Tigers will face Clemson in the national championship game on January 13.
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