Some have suggested the way LSU lost to Alabama last Saturday harmed Ed Orgeron’s chances of being named LSU’s next head coach.
The Tigers left plenty to be desired offensively in losing 10-0 at Tiger Stadium, the first defeat suffered under Orgeron since he was named the program’s interim coach after Les Miles was fired. On Sunday, Paul Finebaum said Orgeron “failed” the test against Alabama. In addition, Fox Sports’ Clay Travis said LSU should hire Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin over Orgeron.
But count SEC Network’s Marcus Spears as an Orgeron supporter after the Tigers dropped to 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the SEC.
Speaking on the Paul Finebaum Show on Monday, Spears credited Orgeron’s connection with players as one of the interim coach’s strengths. Spears came away impressed with how the Tigers were able to hang with the Crimson Tide throughout Saturday night.
“His strength is connection with players, making it a football-friendly environment for his players and putting them in position to believe that they can win every single game because they’re ready to play every single game,” Spears said on the show.
“I don’t think he lost (the job). By all intents and purposes, the way they played Alabama Saturday probably was a step forward for him getting the job.”
That’s an interesting take. Of course, no one knows how the Alabama loss affected Orgeron’s chances of landing the LSU job. Stepping back from the result, it seems a bit silly to place so much weight on one game for such an important decision. But time will show how Orgeron is judged.
For now, it’s fun to speculate. You can hear Spears’ complete thoughts by clicking here and fast-forwarding to the 53-minute mark.