What a whirlwind fall for Ed Orgeron.
Sure, LSU’s coach can enjoy some continuity now. He went from the Tigers’ defensive line coach to their interim coach after Les Miles was fired following LSU’s 2-2 start. Then Orgeron worked in limbo before being given the Tigers’ coaching job full time after LSU posted a 5-2 record under him.
On Thursday, Orgeron went on The Paul Finebaum Show on ESPN Radio and reflected on what the past four months were like for him.
“A new challenge, obviously,” Orgeron said on the show. “The day I was named interim head coach, it was a tough day. We love Les Miles. He hired me. But we knew there was a change in the program (that was) needed, and I knew we had a tough stretch ahead. But I also felt like we had a good football team. We happened to play together as one team, one heartbeat. We had tremendous leadership. Our coaching staff did a great job. We had a very successful season. Guys finished up strong, especially after the two losses we had. We went on the road with some strong wins, and now we’re going to the Citrus Bowl to play a tough Louisville team.”
Orgeron’s story can be considered a feel-good tale now, but it’s easy to remember when it seemed like LSU might go in a different direction with its hire. (Remember the Tom Herman rumors?)
Given Orgeron’s history — he was passed over for Southern Cal’s coaching job before the 2014 season — it’s nice to see him land in a place where he can make his mark in a big way if he guides LSU back to the top of the SEC West one day.
LSU will look to end its wild season on a high note when it plays Louisville in the Citrus Bowl on Dec. 31. The Tigers enter 7-4 overall.