Paul Finebaum has harsh words for LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron.
On Sunday morning, the noted analyst gave a negative review of Orgeron’s showing during the Tigers’ 10-0 loss to top-ranked Alabama on Saturday night at Tiger Stadium. The defeat marked LSU’s first loss in four games under the interim coach, and many considered the matchup against the Crimson Tide important for Orgeron in his campaign to earn the Tigers’ head-coaching job full-time.
But Finebaum wasn’t impressed with what he saw. Here’s what he said on ESPN’s SportsCenter:
“I thought it was devastating,” Finebaum said of the result. “You talk about a four-hour job interview in front of 100,000 (people) and who knows how many million on national television. And quite frankly, I think he failed. The stage seemed too big for him. … I still think LSU is targeting either Tom Herman of Houston or Jimbo Fisher, the person they tried to hire last year. If they can’t get either one, then Orgeron has a chance. But I don’t think he offers very much of what they really need, and that’s an innovative offensive mind. I saw nothing of that last night at Tiger Stadium.”
Finebaum has a point. As good as LSU’s defense looked at times, the offense left plenty to be desired against Alabama’s strong defensive unit. There’s no shame in losing to the Crimson Tide — the list is long and notable this season — but LSU fans should have wanted to see more offensive punch in a marquee game at home.
As Finebaum suggests, Orgeron might need help to land the job. Beating Alabama definitely would have helped his case.