It's Crisitunity Time at Louisiana State University
The LSU Tigers are considered, according to BetNow Sportsbook, underdogs. This is a situation wherein the Tigers don't often find themselves. As a matter of fact, LSU had not been an underdog since Nov 5, 2016, when they lost to the Alabama Crimson Tide, but that is, all things considered, very understandable. The Tigers entered the season ranked No.
13 and started 2-0, but the LSU fabric began to unravel when the Tigers lost to 37-7 rivals Mississippi State for only the second time in the 21st century (also not the first time an Ed Orgeron-coached team was blown out by the Bulldogs). That loss sent LSU to the bottom of the AP poll, from which they would be duly dropped after they lost to Troy on Saturday in the Tigers homecoming game, no less.
So, is there a crisis a-brewing at Louisiana State University? And if so, is there opportunity to be found in it? it is, to be sure, a great opportunity for Coach Orgeron to rein in his tendency to "flip the script," as he said he would do when he was named LSU's interim head coach a little over a year ago. In his first snafu as fully-fledged head coach, Orgeron asked offensive coordinator Matt Canada to simply versus Troy ("I wanted to simplify only the shifts in motions.
I knew we were going to start two freshmen linemen, so I wanted the guys to be in place so we knew how to block them," Orgeron said this week at his press conference), and the latter obliged him to such a point that the Tigers were behind 0-10 at halftime.
"At halftime he felt like he needed to shift and motion more, which he did," Orgeron added. "And that's totally his option. This is totally his offense." And as Canada's offense, LSU pulled within three points. And then time ran out.
The following Monday, Orgeron stated he would let the first-year (at LSU or anywhere else for that matter) OC to make his own decisions – and, as the case may be, mistakes, such as when first play of the game against Troy was a rush to Nick Brossette, which Brossette promptly fumbled, allowing Troy to score a TD. Orgeron said he wanted to give the ball to instead to Darrel Williams. Also on Monday, Orgeron, Canada, and LSU athletic director Joe Alleva met to determine "which direction we want to go, what's going on, how we can fix it," as Orgeron said
Clearly, not everybody is happy
with the way Orgeron is going about his job, but Tigers fans will have to do like Professor Higgins and grow accustomed to his face, if only because LSU would have to shell out $12 million to buy him out.
And, to give the devil his due, the issue seems to be that Orgeron is being overzealous. The Tigers are, after all, paying Canada $1.5 million for three years to do an offensive coordinators job so that Orgeron doesn't have to do it himself. Ed, dear, you're Coach O; don't become Coach OCD.