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Ed Orgeron defends Leonard Fournette sitting out bowl game

Leonard Fournette

Leonard Fournette was at the center of a bit of controversy last December when he sat out LSU’s Citrus Bowl appearance, with detractors arguing that he could have played, but didn’t want to get hurt and damage his NFL Draft stock.

Fournette’s college coach, Ed Orgeron, thinks that narrative is nonsense.

Orgeron said Monday at SEC Media Day that there was nothing Fournette could have done to play as he battled an ankle injury.

“That last game, going into the bowl, Leonard could not play. Leonard came to me in tears. He said, ‘Coach, I can’t go, I can’t play,'” Orgeron said, via Chase Goodbread of NFL.com. “I said, ‘Leonard, I understand, we will not put you in jeopardy, son, don’t worry about it. I will tell the media.’ Things you heard that he may have skipped the game or whatever, that has nothing to do with anything. In fact, against Florida, he didn’t practice all weekend. He wasn’t supposed to play. He tried to play. He wanted to play.”

Fournette had a pretty clear response to the criticism at the time, too. All involved firmly believe that he couldn’t have played due to injury, and in the end, it didn’t negatively impact his perception among NFL teams, as the Jacksonville Jaguars took him fourth overall.

Ed Orgeron says he drinks 8-10 energy drinks a day

Ed Orgeron LSU

LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron has never been accused of lacking enthusiasm, and now we know why.

The guy pounds energy drinks like you read about.

In an appearance on “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz” on Wednesday, Orgeron was asked how many Monster Energy drinks he puts back in a typical day. While he didn’t say he drinks them every day, Coach O said he goes very, very hard when he does indulge in them.

“If we’re gonna do something here at LSU, we do it full speed,” Orgeron said.

We can’t wait to see what the Oxford Police Department has to say about this.

Orgeron is regarded as one of the best recruiters in college football. Knowing what we know now about his energy drink consumption, you have to wonder if he just overwhelms some of the nation’s top players and they can’t help but want to hop on board. Coach O doesn’t mess around when it comes to taurine and sugar. The 55-year-old’s physician can’t be thrilled about that.

Ed Orgeron: Lane Kiffin was going to join LSU as offensive coordinator

Lane Kiffin FAU

The rumors, apparently, were true — at one point, Lane Kiffin looked like he was headed to LSU as offensive coordinator.

Both Kiffin and LSU coach Ed Orgeron confirmed that the former Alabama offensive coordinator was very much in the mix until the Florida Atlantic head coaching job was offered to him.

“We were looking at Lane Kiffin,” Orgeron said Friday, via Ross Dellenger of the Advocate. “He was going to come. He got a head (coaching) job.”

Kiffin also admitted in an interview with Arkansas sports radio host Bo Mattingly that he had interest in the position.

“I was, because I really think they’re going to win a lot there and do great things, and they got some great players coming back — especially the running backs,” Kiffin said.

This was widely reported back in November. Ultimately, the allure of another college head coaching job was too much for Kiffin to pass up, but it’s clear he was leaving Alabama either way.

H/T CBS Sports

Oxford Police apologizes for tweet about Ed Orgeron

Ed Orgeron LSU

The famously cheeky Oxford Police Department Twitter account apologized Saturday for sending a tweet trolling LSU about its hiring of Ed Orgeron as head coach.

Here’s the tweet sent by the police department earlier on Saturday, that was later deleted:

“LOLSU #YAWYAWYAW” the tweet said, via Saturday Down South.

They later sent this apology:

Why such a harsh reaction from their police department? It may have something to do with the 10-25 record Orgeron put up during his three seasons as head coach at Ole Miss. Clearly they don’t think much of Coach O, which is a much different opinion from the program’s players.

Ed Orgeron named full-time head coach at LSU

Ed Orgeron LSU

Ed Orgeron has impressed LSU enough that the university decided to remove the interim tag and name him the full-time head coach of the Tigers.

LSU announced at a press conference Saturday that Orgeron has been hired as LSU’s full-time coach.

The Tigers were reportedly in discussions with Houston’s Tom Herman, but sources told Dellenger that Herman informed LSU officials early Saturday morning that he is leaning toward taking the head coaching job at Texas. Charlie Strong was formally fired by the Longhorns on Saturday.

Orgeron has led LSU to a 5-2 record since taking over for Les Miles. The two losses came against No. 1-ranked Alabama and No. 23 Florida by a combined total of 16 points. LSU was impressive in a 54-39 road win over Texas A&M on Thanksgiving Day.

When Orgeron first took over as head coach, he made the decision to fire offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Dellenger reports that Orgeron is expected to pursue hiring Alabama OC Lane Kiffin, who was Orgeron’s boss at USC.

If you want to know how LSU’s players feel about Orgeron sticking around, this video should give you a good idea. It’s unclear if Orgeron was LSU’s second choice behind Herman, but either way the decision should draw a positive reaction from most.

LSU players want school to keep Ed Orgeron as coach

Ed Orgeron LSU

If it were up to LSU’s players, interim coach Ed Orgeron would be the school’s choice as its permanent head coach.

Players gave Orgeron a ringing endorsement Thursday night after the team’s 54-39 win over Texas A&M, with the strongest affirmation coming in an Instagram coach from linebacker Duke Riley that saw the locker room chant “Keep Coach O.”

Keep Coach O

A video posted by Duke Riley (@d_riley40) on

The sentiment was found throughout the locker room.

“I think he did a tremendous job,” safety Jamal Adams said, via Sam Khan Jr. of ESPN. “I love Coach O. I pray that he’s the head coach for LSU.”

“He’s done a great job,” running back Derrius Guice agreed. “He’s a family guy. He keeps us close. He reminds us that it’s you fighting for your brothers. … We’re all one heartbeat. I want Coach O to stay. We need somebody like Coach O to lead us out there. Coach O has my vote all the way.”

It seems increasingly unlikely that the players will get their wish, with this prominent coach the latest to be strongly linked to the position. Orgeron never seemed like a permanent hire, and it does seem unlikely that he will be.

Ed Orgeron still upset with USC for not giving him job

Ed Orgeron LSU

The subject of the USC head coaching job still seems to be a sore one for Ed Orgeron.

Orgeron had two stints as an assistant coach at USC. The first was from 1998-2004, with the second part of that term being under Pete Carroll when the Trojans had a serious dynasty. The second stint came in 2010-2013 when Orgeron returned as part of Lane Kiffin’s staff.

After Kiffin was fired during the 2013 season, Orgeron took over the program on an interim basis and led the Trojans to a 6-2 record. Despite the strong finish and fan support, Orgeron was passed over for the head coaching job in favor of former Carroll assistant, Steve Sarkisian. Sark lost the job amid an alcohol scandal last year, while Orgeron is now successfully serving as the interim head coach at LSU.

During an interview on “Russillo and Kanell” on ESPN Radio Friday, Orgeron was asked about USC, and he clearly still has strong feelings about the subject.

“I’m home. I think everything happens for a reason. I’m better off at LSU, I’m with my people,” Orgeron told Russillo and Kanell. “Maybe I’m not the country club they want and, you know what, to (heck) with them.”

Clearly Orgeron still has some resentment over the matter, which is no surprise given his reported reaction to the hire. The Trojans now are being led by Clay Helton and still have not returned to their previous dominance seen under Carroll. Meanwhile, the success Orgeron is having now at LSU could lead to him getting the permanent job at LSU, or possibly receiving consideration for another head coaching job.

Ultimately it seems that Orgeron’s 10-25 stint as the head coach at Ole Miss has severely impaired his ability to get a head coaching job at another big time school.

Ed Orgeron reportedly made decision to fire Cam Cameron

Ed Orgeron LSU

When Ed Orgeron was named the interim head coach at LSU, his first major decision was firing his offensive coordinator.

According to a report from Andrew Lopez of NOLA.com, LSU only fired head coach Les Miles. It was initially believed that offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was let go along with Miles as a package deal, but Lopez reports that Orgeron was given the option of keeping Cameron.

Feeling that the Tigers’ offense isn’t where it needs to be, Orgeron chose to dismiss Cameron and promote tight ends coach Steve Ensminger to offensive coordinator.

“We’re going to spread the ball out a little bit, do some different things, change the style of play,” Orgeron said at his introductory press conference Monday. “There’s a lot of things on offense that we’ve done well, running the football, and we want to have a different passing game. We want to be more creative, find ways that the quarterback can get the ball down the field throwing it.

“Obviously, we know people hold up the box on Leonard (Fournette) and Derrius Guice, and we want to put the ball in our playmakers’ hands. We want to throw short for the quarterback and move the ball down the field. You have to score points these days.”

Orgeron was 10-25 in three seasons as a head coach at Ole Miss from 2005-2007. He went 6-2 as a USC interim head coach in 2013 after Lane Kiffin was fired. Another program was interested in hiring Orgeron as an assistant this past offseason, but once again he has ended up in the right place at the right time.

Ed Orgeron will be LSU interim head coach, son confirms

Ed Orgeron LSU

Ed Orgeron is back in business!

Orgeron will serve as LSU’s interim head coach in the wake of the firing of Les Miles and Cam Cameron on Sunday, Orgeron’s son, Cody, confirmed with a note posted to Twitter.

Here is what Cody Orgeron, a quarterback at McNeese State, tweeted about his father getting the LSU interim job:

Ed Orgeron was 10-25 in three seasons as head coach at Ole Miss from 2005-2007. He went 6-2 in place of Lane Kiffin as USC’s interim head coach in 2013.

Les Miles, Cam Cameron fired by LSU; Ed Orgeron interim coach

Les Miles

Les Miles and Cam Cameron have been fired by LSU, a day after losing to Auburn 18-13 in controversial fashion to fall to 2-2 this season, the Baton Rouge Advocate’s Ross Dellenger reports.

Dellenger reported Sunday that LSU officials were meeting to conduct an extensive review of the program that is generally reserved for after the season. He said both the jobs of Miles and Cameron were in jeopardy in particular. Apparently the officials decided to make significant changes by firing both their head coach and offensive coordinator.

Dellenger says defensive line coach Ed Orgeron will become the interim head coach.

Miles’ job was under review last season, and reports had said the program planned to fire the coach following a three-game losing streak that left LSU 7-3. But the Tigers rallied with a huge win over Texas A&M, and LSU’s president decided not to fire Miles. The team then won its bowl game to finish 9-3.

But after a 2-2 start this season — LSU’s worst ever start under Miles — officials decided it was time for a change. The offense’s relatively poor performance throughout the season likely led to the dissatisfaction with Cameron. LSU was held to 14 points by Wisconsin, 13 by Auburn, and only scored 23 against Mississippi State.

Coaches are held to the highest standard in Baton Rouge, where LSU is expected to compete for national championships. There will likely be no shortage of teams interested in hiring Miles.

Making Orgeron the interim head coach also makes plenty of sense. Not only does he have experience as a head coach in the SEC during his time at Ole Miss, but he also was a successful interim head coach at a major program in 2013 when he led USC to a 6-2 record after Lane Kiffin was fired.