Ed Orgeron recalls moment when he knew he would no longer be LSU head coach
Ed Orgeron had a feeling it was coming.
LSU, coming off a 24-19 loss to Auburn at Tiger Stadium during which it held a 19-10 4th-quarter lead, needed to right the ship as it traveled to Kentucky. That didn’t happen as it suffered a 42-21 throttling in Lexington on Oct. 9 as the Wildcats moved to 6-0.
During a press conference on Sunday night, Orgeron revealed that a conversation with LSU athletics director Scott Woodward following the contest gave him the impression that a change was coming.
“After he came and talked to me after the Kentucky game, I knew it was time,” he said.
In the loss to the Wildcats, the Tigers defense yielded 330 rushing yards on 45 Kentucky carries. Chris Rodriguez and Kavosiey Smoke combined for 28 carries and 251 yards, with Rodriguez adding a rushing touchdown. Meanwhile, quarterback Will Levis added 2 scores on 11 carries and 75 yards while passing for 3 more.
The loss dropped LSU to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the SEC. They snapped a 2-game losing streak with a wild win over Florida on Saturday, but Orgeron’s fate was already sealed.
“I understood the expectations at LSU, and after the Kentucky game, we were heading down a road that wasn’t positive for LSU,” he said on Sunday. “And there was going to be a change made. I just felt that.”