CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd has a Big Ten Conference program in mind when considering how LSU can move past its football mediocrity.
On Monday, the columnist criticized LSU athletic director Joe Alleva and coach Ed Orgeron after the Tigers’ uninspiring 3-2 start. In his piece, Dodd points to Alleva when considering how LSU has become a struggling program after being one of the SEC’s best under former coach Les Miles for many years.
Dodd’s solution? Move past Alleva before the Tigers’ next coach is hired. And Dodd names Nebraska’s recent firing of athletic director Shawn Eichorst as a logical “blueprint” for how LSU should proceed.
Check out part of Dodd’s column:
The blueprint here, believe it or not, should be Nebraska. Last month, that school’s administration fired athletic director Shawn Eichorst three weeks into the season. The unstated reason was the same one Alleva shouldn’t survive on the job one working day longer.
He can’t be trusted to hire the next coach if it’s this month or three years from now. Alleva has maneuvered this starship of a program into tractor beam of mediocrity.
That’s a tough — but fair — message from Dodd.
Certainly, Alleva’s reputation has taken a hit with Orgeron’s struggle so far. The loss to Troy last Saturday at Tiger Stadium was particularly troublesome, and it will be fascinating to see if LSU can recover in the weeks to come.
Like Nebraska, LSU is trying to recapture its past glory. Eichorst’s hiring of coach Mike Riley at Nebraska appears to be a dud. It might be too early to say the same of Alleva’s move to hire Orgeron. But early returns aren’t kind to LSU’s athletic director.
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