F. King Alexander, LSU’s president since 2013, said the decision to fire Les Miles and Cam Cameron was made because football players were showing “a degree of demoralization.”
That’s according to an exclusive interview Alexander conducted with Ross Dellenger of The Advocate, whose full story you can read here.
“(We were told) things would change. And they pretty much stayed the same,” Alexander told Dellenger. “We wanted to give our student-athletes and students the opportunity to salvage this year.”
When the longtime coach was let go, LSU quickly made the decision to appoint defensive line assistant Ed Orgeron as interim coach. In 2013, Orgeron led the USC Trojans to a 6-2 record in the same role.
Provided the Tigers play well enough, many in the media have floated the idea that Orgeron could earn a promotion to the full-time coaching role. When asked about it, Alexander certainly didn’t downplay the idea.
From Dellenger’s story:
Alexander said Orgeron has “as much of a chance as anybody” to get the full-time job.
LSU is tentatively scheduled to play Florida in Gainesville on Saturday, although weather continues to be a potential factor in where and when it will ultimately be played. After that, the Tigers still have games against Alabama, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Texas A&M.