12 long months ago, LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva and LSU President F. King Alexander botched the firing of Les Miles and probably a chance to hire Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher, only to waste a golden opportunity of a season and hire their defensive line coach to replace Miles.
That’s a harsh way to put it, but essentially, that’s what happened.
For the record, I think Ed Orgeron will do a solid job as head coach of the Tigers and earned the job against odds, but it doesn’t change the fact that Alleva and LSU couldn’t land their top two targets, Fisher or Houston head coach Tom Herman.
It also doesn’t change the fact that Alleva’s public image continues to take hits, which it’s done since he hung Miles out to dry in November of 2015, refusing to back his head coach until after the season finale against Texas A&M.
Whether it was Alleva refusing to work with the terms presented by the Herman and Fisher camps, as it’s been reported, we may not truly know yet. However, the true powers get their guys and don’t settle.
That being said, it’s still an exciting time for Tiger fans to know that true change is on the horizon. Credit Orgeron and his offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger for taking an offense weighted down by the workings of Miles and former coordinator Cam Cameron and taking it to another level. The output of LSU’s offense, especially their ground game, was record-breaking and includes the top three performances in school history from running backs Derrius Guice and Leonard Fournette. However, it will take a new offensive coordinator and truly a new look for the Tigers for Orgeron to win over fans and administration. If there’s one thing we learned from Miles, it’s that keeping things the same (maintaining a stale offense with Cameron) doesn’t work out.
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