There’s plenty for Ed Orgeron to gain Saturday night.
If the LSU interim coach leads the Tigers to a victory over Alabama at Tiger Stadium, he will raise eyebrows throughout the country and take a large step forward toward becoming LSU’s next head coach.
LSU has done well under him so far. The Tigers will try to improve to 4-0 under him against the Crimson Tide.
On Saturday morning, Orgeron spoke on ESPN’s College GameDay. Here are a few of the highlights:
On getting the LSU job full-time and if beating Alabama would help him: “I really don’t know, and I don’t care. It’s about these fans. It’s about our players, and it’s about us playing Alabama today.”
On what he gained in his USC experience that prepared him for the LSU interim coach role: “Confidence. There were some things that in five years I was not a head coach I put down and said I wanted to implement. I implemented them at USC, and they worked very well. I have the confidence that those practice schedules that we had at USC are working here at LSU, and our guys are playing with energy. They’re fresh, and they’re ready to go.”
On his pride of being part of LSU: “I feel a part of everybody in that stadium. I’m Cajun. I was born in Louisiana, and I’m proud.”
On familiarity with Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin: “I’m familiar with some of the things he does. But we were a pro-style (offense). Now he’s running the spread offense. He has a very good system. He’s a very good play-caller, one of the best in America.”