A lot was made of who was or wasn’t going to be the head coach of the LSU Tigers this week against Missouri.
Long time Tiger Head Coach Les Miles was dismissed last Sunday after LSU arrived back from a trip and SEC West loss to Auburn, leaving athletic director Joe Alleva searching for the right man to lead the Tigers for the rest of the season.
Alleva turned to Louisiana native Ed Orgeron. A man who led a SEC team as the head coach for three years and also has served as interim head coach of a program that he was coaching at during similar circumstances two seasons ago at USC.
While some made it about Coach O taking over at LSU, even on perhaps what may be just a temporary basis, Coach O made it about his players, his coaching staff and even the fans and family of the LSU Football program.
“I haven’t made it about me,” Orgeron said happily after his LSU Tigers dismantled SEC East foe Missouri 42-7 at Death Valley in Baton Rouge. “These players responded, they listened to our coaching staff this week, they came to work, they had something to prove. We wanted to go out and have fun and we know that this is a very talented group of young men.”
There was no doubt that Coach Orgeron knows how to lead a team, he knows how to inject a team with energy and enthusiasm, he has done that over and over again.
“All of our practices, our meetings everything we do once we enter the athletic complex is at a faster pace,” said quarterback Danny Etling after the game. “He is all about doing things at a faster pace, we had shorter practices, we had a lot to learn this week, with learning what we were going to do differently on offense. He definitely brings an energy to our team.”
It was announced that Les Miles would not return to the team Sunday afternoon, it was learned later that evening or by Monday morning that offensive coordinator Cam Cameron would also not be retained. It was reported later that decision was Orgeron’s to make.
Orgeron when announced as the new interim Head Coach of the Tigers wasted no time make it clear that the Tigers would change offensively under the direction of new OC Steve Ensminger.
Change it did.
The Tiger’s turned in its best offensive performances of the season, running a balanced offensive attack, garnering over 424 yards rushing and 216 yards passing to set a new offensive record in a SEC game.
“Our offensive staff did an outstanding job making the needed changes this week, he called an outstanding game and it showed out there with how our players responded.”
When asked how it made him feel personally, about the Tigers success, it was obviously that the new head coach of the Tigers was proud, but again made sure to share the praise and honors with his entire team.
“I’m doing this for those guys in there,” Orgeron said. “It’s about them, it’s not about me or these coaches. It’s about putting these guys in the best situation to be successful. We feel we did that this week. It’s a big honor being the head coach of LSU, something I have always dreamed of, a huge honor for me, but more importantly it’s for these guys.”