The primary takeaway from LSU football coach Ed Orgeron’s early-morning appearances on ESPN Wednesday?
He’s not hitting the energy drinks like he used to — although a 12-hour day in Bristol, Conn. certainly promises to test his fortitude.
Orgeron was asked about his previously stated habit of drinking 8-10 energy drinks per day on both the “Mike and Mike” radio show and the morning edition of ESPN SportsCenter.
“I’ve kind of chilled out a little bit,” Orgeron said. “My consumption has curtailed immensely.”
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Orgeron also noted that the total of 10 energy drink per day was slightly overstated. That’s not a running daily total. Only during the most hectic days on his schedule does Orgeron approach double digits.
“That’s not consistent,” Orgeron said. “That could be a 20-hour day during camp.”
Orgeron may not be buzzing with precisely the same amount of energy as before, but he intends for the team he coaches to pick up that slack on the field. Orgeron invoked Charlie McClendon’s 1960s and ’70s teams as his model for the excitement he intends to bring to Tiger Stadium as LSU’s full-time head coach.
“Energy,” he said when asked about the biggest difference between his regime and that of Les Miles. “We’re going to play with excitement, like Charlie Mac’s teams played. We’ll be a totally spread offense. We won’t have a fullback in the backfield. We’ll be a lot more creative on special teams.”
Ed Orgeron ‘ESPN Car Wash’ schedule
7:30 a.m. Mike & Mike (ESPN2)
8:30 a.m. SportsCenter:AM (ESPN)
9:40 a.m. First Take (ESPN)
10:15 a.m. SportsCenter (ESPN2)
10:40 a.m. The Paul Finebaum Show (ESPN Radio)
11:30 a.m. Coast to Coast (ESPN)
1:15 p.m. Stephen A Smith Radio (ESPN Radio)
1:30 p.m. The Ryen Russillo Show (ESPN Radio)
3:30 p.m. Highly Questionable (ESPN)
5 p.m. College Football Live (ESPN2)
6 p.m. SportsCenter (ESPNews)
All times listed are Central.