According to 247Sports, LSU football‘s Ed Orgeron is the head coach with the most to prove in 2021.
Yes, you read that correctly.
247Sports’ Josh Pate recently talked about five college football head coaches that he believes have the most to prove in 2021.
And Orgeron — the guy who led LSU to possibly the greatest season ever less than two years ago — was at the top of his list.
“Orgeron won a title in 2019 and I think he’s got a lot to prove,” said Pate (via 247Sports). “I think the fanbase down there believes he’s got a lot to prove this year. They were not prepared last year.”
247Sports completely missed the mark with LSU football and Ed Orgeron
If Orgeron has something to prove in 2021, then I think it would be safe to say that every college football head coach not named Nick Saban or Dabo Swinney has something to prove.
Orgeron has done a tremendous job since taking over at LSU. And sure, the 5-5 season last year wasn’t great. But look at everything Orgeron had to deal with in 2020.
A global pandemic, a mass exodus of players to the NFL, and multiple assistant coaches leaving for other jobs.
That’s a lot for any coach to overcome.
Orgeron, however, made it work. The season didn’t get off to a good start. But Orgeron kept things from spiraling out of control.
LSU could’ve easily finished the season with a 3-7 record. They could’ve quit with two games remaining in the season.
Instead, Orgeron rallied the troops (after losing two of the team’s best players — wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr and tight end Arik Gilbert — to opt-outs) and managed to lead the program to victories over Florida and Ole Miss.
Orgeron is a known commodity. He’s proved he can win on college football’s biggest stage. And he’s proved he knows how to consistently win at LSU.
If Orgeron has something to prove in 2021, I’d hate to think about how much the rest of the coaches in college football have to prove.