I, of course, love LSU and I'm very fond of our traditional white jersey uniforms which we wear almost exclusively, but I would have to give UGA the nod for the best looking uniforms and every combination is good, home or away, blackout whatever.
Losing Nick Satan to the NFL was not pleasant but I thought we did fairly well until the 2011 season. The loss to Alabama in the NG was brutal (1) because it was Alabama and Nick Saban (2) Because it was such an incredible season, a season for the ages and would ranked as one of the greatest teams in College Football history. So, yea this season, especially in regards to the 2011 NCG, brought some healing. I think there’s plenty LSU fans that would concede this idea.
SEC 360: Kiffin and Leach and Bear, Oh My! A short history of the biggest coaching hires in modern SEC history
"Legitimate question: Does LSU win the national championship in 2019 if Nick Saban isn’t hired by the program in the year 2000? In my opinion, the answer is no." "Honestly, this is probably the biggest hire in the history of the conference, because you could make the argument that 8 national titles are a product of Saban’s decision to come to LSU." On both assertions, very insightful. I agree. As much as we, LSU fans, love to dislike Nick Saban, it's undeniable that he forever changed the culture at LSU. We owe a great debt to him for his rebuilding process in the early 2000's. It certainly has set the stage for the success that has followed.
Congratulations to Coach O for a tremendous coaching job this year. He deserves to be handsomely rewarded. Geaux Tigas!
This was to be expected; win conference and national championships and like Saban, Dabo, Fisher, and others, reap the financial benefits. I'm happy for Coach O, he's done a tremendous job. As far as LSU having the money or not: of course, they do. A quick Google search for the most profitable college sports programs reveals LSU is never out of the top 10, grossing upwards of 140 million.
The greatest hinderance for our program the last decade has been the archaic offensive philosophy and the kindred implications (difficulty both attracting and developing good quarterback play). Even then, on shear talent alone, we've won 3 national championships in the past 20 years and not won less than 8 games a year. Nonetheless, it's clear we've forged a new, bold offensive identity and that's the key to moving forward. Replicating 2019, not only next year but any year, is perhaps wishful thinking, but finishing in the top ten consistently and often contending for conference and national championships is a reasonable expectation.
Leach is an interesting character and demonstrably an able coach. I think MSU made a great hire and it's going to be fun to watch.
First, I'm not suggesting what Alabama and Nick Saban has done in the past decade is anything but amazing and deserves to be recognized for what it is. However, to suggest LSU will no longer be competitive simply because we graduate Burrow and lose Brady is to wax irrational. We may not win every year, but I sincerely don't expect the score to be 29-0. But, one things for sure, there's no need to argue over it; all we have to do is wait til next year and see what happens.
I think he'd be a great choice.
Granted, I don’t believe merely because LSU won a national championship, Alabama and Coach Saban are going to gracefully acquiesce into competitive obscurity; quite the contrary. Nonetheless, in the 2000’s, for the most part, LSU has had the talent to consistently challenge Alabama in the west (e.g.- since 2000, Alabama only leads the series 11-10 including 2011 national championship game; from 1997 to 2011 LSU won 10 out of 15 meetings). However, with the evolution of the offensive schemes in the last 10-15 years, the coaching staff under Les Miles refused to make any tangible adjustments. This, of course, was the root issue in the fall-off of LSU’s ability to compete. Thus, it’s my opinion that it’s more about the offensive scheme than raw talent. Losing Burrow, Brady, Aranda, etc. will be tough to replace and expecting to replicate this years team is unreasonable, but I believe the changes we’ve seen at LSU guarantees Alabama will face a lofty competitive challenge each year.
My point is merely this: the idea of Alabama's superiority over LSU in recent years is intrinsically related to a vast talent gap between the two teams is mythical and that losing the 'two Joe's' will quickly return LSU to Alabama's footstool is nonsense. I do believe Alabama has had better coaching (whose better than Saban?) and admittedly slightly better talent, but not so much that LSU couldn't have won with better offenses in some years. Yes, Joe Burrow was probably a once-in-a-lifetime-quarterback but no one's quarterback will likely duplicate what Burrow did this year. Thus, in regards to LSU being competitive with Alabama in the future, it's far more about our new offensive scheme than it is losing Burrow or Brady because the talent comparable.
"...2019 was about 99 percent Burrow and Brady’s doing" An interesting, but shallow assessment, considering there is neither an LSU 'Burrow' or 'Brady' without Coach O. The fact that Coach O had the foresight to acquire both Joes reveals he knows what his team needs. Granted, I don't believe merely because LSU won a national championship, Alabama and Coach Saban are going to gracefully acquiesce into competitive obscurity; quite the contrary. Nonetheless, in the 2000's, for the most part, LSU has had the talent to consistently challenge Alabama in the west (e.g.- since 2000, Alabama only leads the series 11-10 including 2011 national championship game; from 1997 to 2011 LSU won 10 out of 15 meetings). However, with the evolution of the offensive schemes in the last 10-15 years, the coaching staff under Les Miles refused to make any tangible adjustments. This, of course, was the root issue in the fall-off of LSU's ability to compete. Thus, it's my opinion that it's more about the offensive scheme than raw talent. Losing Burrow, Brady, Aranda, etc. will be tough to replace and expecting to replicate this years team is unreasonable, but I believe the changes we've seen at LSU guarantees Alabama will face a lofty competitive challenge each year.
Slapgate update: Superdome officer reportedly does not want to press charges against Odell Beckham Jr.
OBJ is an utter embarrassment to LSU. If the mantra of our team is truly ‘One team, one heartbeat’ and this demands they shut out all the outside noise, this should include the peripheral rumblings of OBJ and his ego-centric antics. If Odell insist on being the prima-donna, self-absorbed, diva he’s become of late, he obviously presents potential distractions to LSU’s football program like the current negative PR. If I were Coach O, I wouldn’t care if OBJ could run 200mph, catch the moon in his mouth with both hands tied behind his back, and is a NFL Pro-Bowler every year, unless he humbles himself and makes a sincere public apology, I wouldn’t allow him around the team/locker-room in the future.
#ItMightMeanTooMuch: Some thoughts on Odell Beckham Jr. handing out cash (allegedly) after the CFP National Championship
OBJ is an utter embarrassment to LSU. If the mantra of our team is truly 'One team, one heartbeat' and this demands they shut out all the outside noise, this should include the peripheral rumblings of OBJ and his ego-centric antics. If Odell insist on being the prima-donna, self-absorbed, diva he's become of late, he obviously presents potential distractions to LSU's football program like the current negative PR. If I were Coach O, I wouldn't care if OBJ could run 200mph, catch the moon in his mouth with both hands tied behind his back, and is a NFL Pro-Bowler every year, unless he humbles himself, makes a sincere public apology, I wouldn't allow him around the team/locker-room in the future.
College Football Playoff officials to review sideline, locker room access policies after Odell Beckham Jr. incidents
OBJ is an absolute embarrassment. I don't care if he could run 200 mph and catch the moon in his mouth with his hands tied behind his back, I wouldn't want that self-absorbed thug and punk on my team. My hope is he'll humble himself and apologize, but I might be hoping too much.
Congratulations Coach Aranda and thank you for your contribution to our teams success that past four years!
I agree; it's was very disappointing. Of course, it wasn't everyone, but with the consciousness of social media and the public relations these student-athletes are constantly reminded to be cognizant of, it would appear those guilty forgot, "one team, one heartbeat". Why cast a shadow on the institution, the team, and the coaches who you represent, namely LSU? I bleed purple and gold, but OBJ is an absolute embarrassment. He's a self-absorbed thug and a punk; it's a shame he has so little respect for the current team, thoughtlessly being careless and reckless just because he is wealthy and privileged. Sad. I'm only hoping Coach O will use this incident as a teachable moment and the team can react with humility and learn.
Good for him; I hate to see him leave, but I certainly understand. I'm just thankful for his contribution for this unprecedented championship year. I think we'll be fine. With a year for Steve Ensminger to work closely with Brady, it would seem he would fully acclimated to the new offensive philosophy. I'm far more worried about the understandable drop-off in replacing Joe Burrow than the lose of Joe Brady.
Grant Delpit shares his thoughts on Trevor Lawrence, Clemson offense after studying the Tigers’ scheme
Let's face it, Clemson hasn't won 29 straight games simply because they play in the ACC; they have elite talent, proven coaching, and much big-game experience. True, their schedule was lighter, but they're a championship team and I believe they will provide LSU with their greatest challenge thus far. Granted, I believe LSU wins, but I don't see this as an LSU beat-down. Of course, I would love to be wrong.
Joe Burrow is a once-in-a-lifetime type QB. Nevertheless, with LSU's new offense, attracting top talent at the QB position should not be an issue as it has been in the past. Even if the level of QB play drops off next year, I still I believe our offense under Myles Brennan will be lethal. Add to that an improvement in our defense with simply a typical stout LSU defense and I think we can maintain a higher level of football than in recent years. Will we win the west or the SEC every year? Probably not, but I wouldn't be surprised if we actually did. Our offense has held us back for years.
He's proven to be the right fit. His enthusiasm is sincere and obviously contagious. I don't think anyone can doubt his ability to assess talent, both on the field and behind the whistle. He's a great recruiter, an excellent motivator, and He's hired some the nations best assistant coaches. It's really been a dream year. If they win the national championship it will be the ultimate fan experience of my lifetime and I've been a passionate LSU fan since the 1960's.
Embarrassing. Sure, Coach Saban left LSU and ended up at Bama; good fodder for a healthy football rivalry. Nonetheless, without Nick Saban and the foundation for success he established, our football program would never have risen to where it is today. We owe Nick a lot. Granted, I was elated to beat Bama and Saban this year. Yet, that simply points to the nagging frustration that the shear dominance of Alabama football under Saban has cultivated over the past decade. I still have much respect for Coach Saban and will forever be grateful to his contribution to LSU football.