The LSU Tigers have announced that they will be parting ways with Ed Orgeron after the season. Both sides seemed content with this decision and each side said all of the right things after the decision was made.
Orgeron Will Recover, LSU Might Not
It should be pretty easy for Orgeron to be content with this decision, even though he is leaving a school that he loves. Orgeron will receive an insane amount of money from LSU while having to deal with a lot less stress.
The former (current) coach will also be leaving the school just two years removed from one of the best college football seasons of all-time. Sure, Orgeron made some mistakes in the last 12-18 months, but that season will always be remembered by LSU fans.
The LSU administration might truly believe that they made the right decision, but it is one that they are going to regret. Ed Orgeron loved LSU, and he proved that he is one of the best coaches in college football.
This is a classic case of an administration believing that they are bigger and better than they actually are. A decision like that can set a program back a few years, and that is what LSU is currently staring at.
Alabama Runs the SEC
Orgeron was able to catch lightning in a bottle so to speak by landing Joe Burrow, but there was a ton of luck involved. LSU wasn’t even Burrow’s first choice in the SEC, but the Tigers were lucky to land him.
If LSU thinks that they are on the same playing field as Alabama then that school and the administration couldn’t be more wrong. Sure, LSU is going to win some football games, but it is the Crimson Tide that run the SEC.
Until Nick Saban retires from coaching, the LSU job just isn’t as attractive as the fan base will make it out to be. Losing to the Crimson Tide nine out of 10 times gets old in a hurry, and there are a number of coaches that don’t want to deal with that.
LSU will be able to land a solid head coach to led the football program, but they aren’t going to hire someone as good as Nick Saban.
Here are really only three head coaches that LSU should even consider for this job, and they had better hope that one of them accept the job. There is one candidate within the SEC that would be a good hire, and then two other big names in the college football world.
Jimbo Fisher just recently beat Alabama, and leading LSU has to be considered a better job at Texas A&M. James Franklin has done a great job at Penn State, but he hasn’t been able to get the Nittany Lions over the hump, and could be looking for a change.
Finally, Luke Fickell has to be considered a frontrunner for this job, but he will be wanted elsewhere. Fickell could save the LSU football program and return the Tigers back to glory.