The most iconic moment of Ed Orgron’s tenure at LSU came during his first full season as head coach in 2017, shortly after a competitive 24-10 loss to Alabama.
“We’re coming,” Orgeron shouted in his solemn Cajun accent when asked if that game laid the groundwork for future glory. “We are coming and we are not going back.”
It was a video clip that became a rallying cry for LSU riding the magic carpet to the national title in 2019. For a fan base that lives on disrespect and celebrates like every weekend, “we’re coming” was the perfect mantra for one of the best teams in college football history.
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But now, Coach O, they’re coming for you. The team that got you to the top of the mountain has been around for a long time. And your own fans have had enough of how you wasted the momentum from 2019 and brought LSU to a level of mediocrity we haven’t seen in over a decade.
After LSU’s 42-21 loss to Kentucky, the Tigers dropped 3-3, it’s all academic now. Orgeron is almost certainly going to be fired two years after winning the national title with former Auburn coach Gene Chisick, and the only question is when and how.
Kentucky didn’t just beat LSU, the Wildcats were having a lot of fun doing it—physically mashing the Tigers with 330 rushing yards and dancing to Garth Brooks’ “Calling Baton Rouge” by the end of the game.
This is not an anomaly. A completely average UCLA team stunned LSU in the season opener, and Auburn was the toughest and more physical team at the line of scrimmage last week.
The only temporary thing here is that Orgeron will go down as a national championship-winning coach despite showing so often throughout his career that his temper, his tendency to interfere in areas he has no expertise, and his hot and cold relationship. A multitude of assistant trainers with one is unsuitable for success at this level.
No one can take 2019 away from Orgeron, but winning a national championship doesn’t get you a lot of free passes. If LSU looked capable in the last two seasons, there would have been no talk of changing the coach right now.
Instead, Orgeron is 8-8 in its last 16 games, which puts LSU at No. misery index, a weekly measure of knee-jerk reactions based on what each fan base just saw.