Ed Orgeron won a signature win against a top 25 opponent here Saturday night at home in Death Valley against rival Ole Miss in convincing fashion 38-21.
Orgeron, who has run his career record as LSU Interim Head Coach to 3-0, continued to show the maturity and growth as a head coach as he took no credit for the win, even when asked about his time at Ole Miss as head coach, this game had to have a special meaning to him, he had a simple answer.
“That was a long time ago when I coached there,” Orgeron said sternly. “It means absolutely 0 to me as a coach because I use to coach there, it means the world to me because of these LSU players. I’m a Tiger, I love the Tigers and we beat a good Ole Miss team tonight.”
When Orgeron was named head coach, taking over for a fired Les Miles after a road loss to Auburn, the veteran interim coach, a title he has held on two different occasions made it about his players, his coaching staff and the LSU Family more than he made it about himself.
“I have grown over the years from coaching at different places,” Orgeron has said on numerous occasions. “I have learned to lean on my coaches, how to delegate better and I have always have been pretty good at motivating young men.”
That last part about motivating may be the understatement of the year.
Orgeron has created an extreme energy, a renewed excitement in Tiger Nation.
His players are the first to admit it.
“Coach O brings the best out in all of us,” said tight end Colin Jeter. “From how we run from station to station in practice, there is no walking on his practice field. He has brought a new excitement and a definite energy to our team.”
There is no denying how much it means to Orgeron to serve as head coach at LSU even if it’s on a temporary basis. That decision isn’t up to him, it’s up to the powers of be and from the fire his players are showing, they are doing their best to earn Coach O the job on a permanent basis.
“It’s my job to lead this team and prepare them for each game to the best of our ability,” Orgeron said. “It’s always been a dream of mine to be the head coach at LSU and I cherish every minute of it.”
After three years as head coach at Ole Miss, he spent one year at the New Orleans Saints before coaching at Tennessee one year with Lane Kiffin before returning to USC when Kiffin took the Trojan job one year after being named the Head Coach at Tennessee. When Kiffin was abruptly fired at USC, Orgeron took over and lead USC to a 6-2 record, but Pat Haden decided not to give the job to Orgeron instead opting for Steve Sarkisian, a scenario that didn’t pay off.http://www.scout.com/college/lsu/story/1710661-join-tiger-blitz-with-our...
While it was obvious that Orgeron was disappointed in not getting the job, he never publicly complained, instead was hired at LSU as the defensive line coach.
Many feel it’s a given if LSU wins out the remainder of its regular season games that Orgeron is a lock to become the Tiger’s next full time head coach.
It appears that all Orgeron is worried about is winning the Tiger’s next game.
“We are going to enjoy this win tonight,” Orgeron said. “Then we will self-scout our own team before moving into preparations to take on a very good Alabama team (currently ranked No. 1 in the country) It will be a challenge, but I feel that our team, our coaches will be up for that challenged.”
The LSU Student section is ready to take on Alabama in Death Valley in two weeks.
“We want Bama, we want Bama” could be heard being screamed by the LSU Students.