Ed Orgeron is in his second stint as an interim head coach, and it’s clear he didn’t like how the first one ended.
The LSU interim head coach previously fulfilled the same role at Southern Cal after the Trojans fired Lane Kiffin in 2013. Orgeron went 6-2 with the Trojans, including an upset over No. 5 Stanford. However, he was passed over for the full-time position in favor of Steve Sarkisian, then Washington’s head coach, at the end of the regular season.
Orgeron has now gone 3-0 at LSU, creating legitimate buzz about his chances to win the job. He went on Russillo & Kanell on ESPN Radio on Friday afternoon, and when asked about how things ended in Los Angeles, he wasn’t afraid to throw some shade at the Trojans.
O on not getting USC gig: "Maybe I'm not the country club guy they wanted."
Walk-Ons roars. #LSU
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) November 4, 2016
The comment was well received by the LSU fans at the bar where the show was being broadcast. Orgeron, a native of Louisiana and former LSU player, has an accent, a background and a personality that has been well received by the fans. So while he may not have been able to fit in with the culture at USC, he’s been welcomed in with open arms in Baton Rouge.
LSU hosts Alabama at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday on CBS.