Now that Ed Orgeron’s time at LSU will officially come to a close at the end of this season, he’s had time to reflect on the past few years he’s spent in Baton Rouge.
It seemed like this was probably inevitable at some point.
With the team playing .500 football the past two years, not to mention the reports of Coach O bringing women to practice and hitting on the pregnant wife of a prominent LSU official, it appears as though Coach O’s personal life started to become a distraction for the team.
Coach O got his chance to speak his piece today at his press conference, and honestly, I wasn’t sure how he would respond to the “separation agreement,” or “forced resignation.”
The man is a born and bred Louisianan, straight from da Bayou. You know this job meant everything in the world to him, and he’s been known to wear his heart on his sleeve, so it was hard to tell if he would be highly upset or content.
From what I’ve seen from the press conference, he appears to be 1,000% content, and in fact, his coaching career may be done for good.
“First of all I want to say Scott’s (Woodward) been straight up with me ever since I got here. We’re both from Louisiana, I knew the expectations of LSU when I took the job, I told y’all that. I understand the expectations and I invite them.
And man 2019 what a magical run, but you know why? It’s because of the players. We had great players. And we had great coaches here. The players make this program, and we want to recruit great players here at LSU.
But I knew we had to sustain that momentum, and I knew we had to sustain that standard, and I know the last two years hasn’t been the standard of LSU.
When he came and talked to me after the Kentucky game I knew, that it was time. And I understand that, I understand the expectations at LSU, and I invite them myself when we did not meet them the last two years.
I’m delighted that I’ve gotten to be the coach at LSU, the administration has treated me with class, with dignity, the whole time that I’ve been here. They’ve given me everything that we’ve needed to have success.
I met with the players today. It’s the first time I’ve gotten to talk to the players before I’ve talked to y’all, but I’m happy that I’ve gotten to be the coach of the LSU Tigers towards the end of the season.
And I promise you I’m not gonna blink, I’m glad we beat Florida, and tomorrow’s gonna be tell the truth Monday, and we’re gonna be on to Ole Miss. I’m gonna take it one day at a time, and I’ve always appreciated my time here. I have no regrets.”
He seems like he’s at peace with it, and how could he not be? He never expected to be the head football coach at LSU, and now he’s gotten to live out his dream, and spend the rest of his days on a $17 million buyout.
Oh yeah, and when he talked about coaching next year:
“I want to take a little time off… you know, I’m 60 years old, I’ve coached for 37 years.
I think imma have enough money to buy me a hamburger. And every once in a while, maybe a double meat cheeseburger from Sonic.”
Yeah… I think the man’s gonna be enjoying the cash (and the ladies) while he takes some time off from coaching.
Former QB for Ed Orgeron at LSU Joe Burrow, was also openly disappointed about the firing:
Joe Burrow talking about the news of Ed Orgeron not coming back to LSU as HC next season. Very strong stuff from Burrow here on his feelings about Coach O: pic.twitter.com/0bc5jNP8hB