There’s been a lot of chatter lately about LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron and his job status.
Coach O is 8-7 since leading the Tigers to a national title less than two years ago.
8-7 obviously isn’t the expectation at LSU.
The majority of national analysts who have commented on Orgeron’s job status lately have suggested that LSU should move on from the Louisiana native.
There’s at least one national analyst, however, who believes the Tigers should stick with Coach O.
National analyst thinks LSU football should stick with Ed Orgeron
Rivals national recruiting columnist Mike Farrell is not among those who thinks LSU should move on from Ed Orgeron after the 2021 season.
Farrell comes from the viewpoint that Orgeron has unrealistic expectations placed on him in Baton Rouge.
Here’s what Farrell had to say this week about Orgeron’s future (via Rivals.com):
"LSU struggled last season and have been off this year but the loss of talent from the 2019 national title team was epic and it’s a little too soon to say Ed Orgeron should be gone. Aside from Alabama, the SEC West is all over the map with teams like LSU, Texas A&M and others playing up and down football.Orgeron should not be on the hot seat as he has more national titles than anyone not named Nick Saban or Dabo Swinney in the country and this is still a young team in many areas."
I’m not sure the national title argument from Farrell stands up. Sure, Orgeron has accomplished something that most other college coaches haven’t.
But aren’t there numerous coaches who could’ve led the ultra-talented 2019 LSU squad to a championship?
Quarterback Joe Burrow was the undisputed leader of that team. And passing game coordinator Joe Brady was responsible for the offensive scheme that torched SEC defenses all season long.
Orgeron’s record without Brady and Burrow isn’t very good — that’s not a good sign for the future of the program.
LSU has hop five talent, yet the Tigers aren’t even ranked in the top 25 right now.
I don’t think LSU has to be in the College Football Playoff every year. But this program should be close to a top 10 ranking at all times. And that’s simply not the case right now under Coach O.