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In the days since LSU’s 24-21 loss to Troy on Saturday, a faction of LSU fans have been raising the point of first-year coach Ed Orgeron’s $ 12 million buyout. It’s a lot of money. And people have been using it both to vilify athletic director Joe Alleva and to look for work-arounds to get out of keeping Orgeron for the rest of the season.
Let me be far from the first person to say: Stop it. Talking about buying out a coach five games into his tenure isn’t just counterproductive, it’s silly. How silly? Let’s take a look at how some of college football’s best and most revered coaches did in their first five games at their current schools:
- Clemson coach Dabo Swinney: 2-3
- USC coach Clay Helton: 2-3
- Alabama coach Nick Saban: 3-2
- Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher: 4-1
- Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh: 4-1
- Penn State coach James Franklin: 4-1
None of those guys went undefeated. The two guys in the top in bold? Both had losing records. And like Orgeron, both were promoted from interim stints to be full-time head coaches. I’m sure Clemson and USC and Alabama are all happy the stuck with their men.
This isn’t to say Orgeron is or isn’t the right fit at LSU. Obviously just because Saban went 3-2 doesn’t mean Orgeron is the next Saban. But patience is worth preaching here. Let the buyout be the buyout. Afford the man some time to prove to you he doesn’t need it.
And if he needs it, cross the path in a year or two once he has an actual résumé in Baton Rouge.
Will they stay or will they go?
The list of injured LSU players is too long to count right now. Which ones will make their way to Gainesville, Fla., this weekend to face the Gators? Here’s a list of what we know right now:
- Running back Derrius Guice, defensive end Rashard Lawrence and H-back J.D. Moore all participated in full pads Tuesday. None of those three players saw the field in the Troy loss.
- Right tackle Toby Weathersby, running back Darrel Williams and defensive back Xavier Lewis did not practice.
- Right guard Ed Ingram, defensive backs John Battle and Kevin Toliver, linebacker Corey Thompson and tight end Caleb Roddy practiced in non-contact gold jerseys.
What’s up with the Gators?
Over on SEC Country’s Florida site, our beat writers Ryan Young and Jordan McPherson are doing some interesting work to get fans prepared for Saturday. Here’s a selection of some of their stories to get you pumped for the rivalry in The Swamp:
- McPherson went inside the numbers to break down Florida’s season.
- Young explained why it’s time for Gators QB and former LSU commit Feleipe Franks to break out
- What are Florida’s keys to success? Young came up with five.
Song of the day
An LSU fan took to YouTube Tuesday morning to post his sequel to Chris Vernon’s classic “ Colonel Reb is Crying,” the story of Orgeron’s failed tenure at Ole Miss. The LSU version, titled “Mike the Tiger’s Crying,” tells the story of Coach O, his binder, Devin White and Arden Key and all the confusion surrounding the Tigers this week.
The video is attached below. It isn’t the original. But the original is a cherished artifact of pre-commercialized YouTube and one of the most formative songs developing my sense of humor and love of silly songs. So maybe I’m biased.
Weekly film study bump
As you might already know, I do an LSU film study every week. This week, I took a look into Key and the outside linebacker’s rough first three weeks back with the team.
Without giving too much away, Key doesn’t look strong enough or engaged enough to thrive against the run every play. In certain situations, Key turns it on and thrives. In others, he dogs it and gets lost or dragged.
The full post is here. Go ahead and give it a read, please.
End of the line?
The LSU offensive line has received a lot of criticism recently, and rightfully so. But in a development that might surprise many, two of LSU’s O-Linemen graded out among the top players in the SEC last week.
PFF Week 5 – SEC Team of the Week – Offense pic.twitter.com/BGqZ2kiVRX
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) October 3, 2017
That’s right. Center Will Clapp graded out as the best player in the SEC this week according to Pro Football Focus. Left tackle K.J. Malone wasn’t that far behind, either. Of course, this doesn’t account for the Tigers’ three other offensive linemen, and two linemen doesn’t a unit make. But it is worth noting that the blame maybe shouldn’t fall on every player.
If you’re interested in reading more about this, check back to SEC Country around noon ET on Wednesday, when we discuss the offensive linemen reacting to the criticisms.
Today in made-up holidays
According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, Oct. 4 is “ National Taco Day.” So eat some tacos.
Or, if you’re feeling real adventurous, go for a “Naco.”
Between my love of early YouTube and the Kim Possible clip, I’m really showing my age, aren’t I?
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