LSU Football: Ed Orgeron gets slapped in the face…again

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LSU football fans should be accustomed to seeing Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron getting disrespected.

Orgeron hasn’t received proper respect from the media throughout his time as the Tigers’ head coach.

I’m not sure why this is the case. Maybe it’s because he didn’t have much success when he was the head coach at Ole Miss.

Or maybe it’s because he wasn’t the media’s choice to succeed Les Miles as LSU’s head coach.

Whatever the reason, it’s clear that Orgeron is never going to get the respect he deserves.

The latest way LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron was disrespected by the media

Earlier this week, CBS Sports decided to rank the 14 SEC head coaches ahead of the 2021 season.

Unsurprisingly, Alabama’s Nick Saban was No. 1 on their list (it’s hard to argue against that choice, Saban may very well go down as the greatest college football head coach of all time).

Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher was No. 2 on CBS Sports’ list. I’m sure there are some folks who may argue against that choice, but I can see it. Fisher has a national championship to his credit (from his Florida State days). He’s also coming off a 9-1 season and he’s only had one losing season ever as a head coach. While I don’t think Fisher at No. 2 is a slam dunk, it at least makes some sense.

From there, however, the list gets a bit confusing.

Georgia’s Kirby Smart is at No. 3, with Florida’s Dan Mullen at No. 4.

Coach O comes in at No. 5.

I’m not sure how anyone could put Smart and Mullen above Orgeron.

Look, Smart is obviously a good coach. He’s proved to be a great recruiter and he routinely wins 11 or 12 games a year (in non-COVID years).

But Smart hasn’t been able to deliver a national championship to Georgia, despite having a roster that’s just as talented as Alabama’s roster.

Mullen is in a similar situation. He hasn’t been able to break through as the Gators’ head coach (the most games he’s won in a season at Florida is 11).

Orgeron, on the other hand, led the Tigers to arguably the greatest season ever by a college team (LSU’s 2019 squad was essentially unbeatable).

When you consider that Orgeron is one of only two active head coaches who have led an SEC team to a national championship (and it happened in the last two years), it makes some sense that he’d be pretty high on this list. Certainly higher than No. 5.

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But I guess Orgeron isn’t a media darling, so that’s not going to happen.

Oh well. Coach O will just prove folks wrong once again.