What does LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron need to do to keep the job next season? According to ESPN analyst Anthony “Booger” McFarland, there’s nothing Orgeron can do.
McFarland, a former Tigers defensive lineman, appeared on ESPN’s College Football Live on Thursday, according to Kevin Ryan of 247sports, to discuss Orgeron’s potential to remain LSU’s head coach next season. While fellow analysts David Pollack and Joey Galloway felt the Tigers winning out would be enough for Orgeron to secure the position, McFarland tended to disagree.
“I think they’re looking for something they’ve never had,” McFarland said, according to Ryan. “That’s a head coach with an offensive background, a head coach that can bring a young quarterback in here and get some excitement. … I don’t know of anything, in my opinion, that he can do to keep this job.”
Since Les Miles was fired and Orgeron took over, the Tigers have won a pair of games over Missouri and Southern Miss. The schedule is tougher the rest of the way as LSU faces five SEC rivals that are currently ranked in the Top 25 — Ole Miss, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and Texas A&M.
McFarland still didn’t think that wins over all of those challenging opponents would be enough for Orgeron to land the gig full-time.
“I would love for Coach O to be the coach, he’s my type of guy – he’s a defensive line coach,” McFarland said, per Ryan. “I would love for him to get that job – I’m just giving you the climate of what’s down there and what the people want. They want a guy that can be a quarterback whisperer.”