Paul Finebaum explains why Ed Orgeron should be feeling the heat after LSU hired Scott Woodward
Last week, the LSU Tigers transitioned from Joe Alleva to Scott Woodward at the athletic director position, hiring the latter away from Texas A&M.
Now, fans are wondering what’s in store for LSU athletics, starting with their football and men’s basketball coaches — Ed Orgeron and Will Wade, respectively.
On Monday, SEC Network host Paul Finebaum joined “The Roundtable” on WJOX and said he thinks Coach O is the biggest loser from the whole situation:
“I think Ed Orgeron is the biggest loser, and I say that because he’s not Scott Woodward’s man,” he said. “By the way, I’m not sure I 100-percent consider Will Wade their coach, because he’s treading on very thin ice. I think Jimbo’s fine and I think Buzz Williams has to look around and be like, ‘What happened here?’ Jimbo’s already got the $75 million or whatever. Buzz is probably the most shocked.
“But the reason I say Orgeron is that, between this season and last, expectations. No one expected him to win seven or eight games last year, and he won 10. So, if something goes haywire, and I don’t think it will, but if it does, then you’re going to bring out that Scott Woodward went to College Station and within two years had fired his football coach, who was doing an OK job. It’s not like it was some kind of disaster. Then he fired Billy Kennedy, who had gone to two of the last three Sweet 16s. If you’re an athletic director in Baton Rouge, basketball coach is not as critical. … Woodward has got to be thinking, ‘If Orgeron does not have a great year, then let me put my guy in there.'”
Expectations were going to be high for LSU this fall regardless of who was their AD, but Coach O no longer has the man who hired him at the AD position, so it’ll be interesting to see how things play out in 2019 and beyond.
Listen to Finebaum’s full segment on WJOX here:
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