LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron doesn’t play around when it comes to what he expects from his football team.
Coach O has built a strong culture in Baton Rouge, and it’s partially because of the off-field expectations that he makes clear to his players.
Next week, the Tigers’ latest additions — 14 true freshmen who will be arriving on campus this weekend — will learn those expectations.
And there’s a lot.
Ed Orgeron explains LSU football’s off-field expecations
Orgeron appeared on 104.5 in Baton Rouge earlier this week and he explained exactly what he expects from LSU’s players when they’re not on the field.
“First of all, two roots… be early and protect the team,” said Orgeron. “That encompasses a lot of stuff.”
Essentially, if you’re on time, then you’re late.
Additionally, Orgeron doesn’t want his players sitting in the back when they’re in class. And he expects perfect attendance.
“Next thing is how are we going to handle ourselves? We’re nice to everybody on campus,” explained Orgeron. “I want our guys to sit in the first three rows, go in there and be a student, be prepared, do well in the classroom. Attendance to everything is mandatory.”
If players can’t handle themselves properly off the field, there’s no reason for a coach to think they’ll handle themselves properly in the fourth quarter of a tough SEC matchup.
Orgeron has strict rules. But it’s for the best of the program and the player.
That’s why the culture that Coach O has built in Baton Rouge is as strong as it is — Orgeron is clear and direct when it comes to what he expects from his players.
Not every program has those same expecations. Those programs, however, aren’t the ones battling for a spot in the College Football Playoff.