Kirk Herbstreit dragged Ed Orgeron, LSU football players with damning accusation on College GameDay

Ed Orgeron, LSU Tigers. (Mandatory Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports)
Ed Orgeron, LSU Tigers. (Mandatory Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports) /

LSU football is suffering through a second straight poor season and ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit thinks the team has quit on head coach Ed Orgeron.

Ed Orgeron may be coaching his last game as the head coach of the LSU Tigers on Saturday.

LSU hosts the Florida Gators as Orgeron tries to salvage some momentum for the second half of another lost season.

Orgeron is 8-8 since winning the national championship behind Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow and ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit, who hasn’t been shy about criticizing this team, explained on College GameDay why he thinks that was a fluke and why Orgeron is running out of time in Baton Rouge.

Kirk Herbstreit thinks LSU football players have quit on Ed Orgeron

“I think he hit lightning in a bottle,” Herbstreit said on College GameDay. “He had Joe Burrow, Joe Brady, Dave Arranda — geniuses on both sides of the ball, and he was great at recruiting. Last year during COVID, it was a disaster and it’s carried over this year. What I see is individuality. What I see is guys who quit, guys who don’t want to play for the LSU brand. LSU does not play hard, that’s the new LSU. It’s got to kill the alums because it’s such a proud bunch but that’s the reality. LSU has to get back to having some pride in their program.”

LSU has been decimated by injuries again this year but it’s hard to disagree with Herbstreit’s assessment of the program. This LSU football team is not what Tigers fans have come to know and expect out of this program over the last 25 years.

This is a middling SEC program and their record bears that out. This is one of the greatest disappointments in college football over the last two years and the head coach has to wear that.

It’s one thing to suffer through injuries and see the losses mounting, but when the players look like they’ve quit and don’t want to play for the name on the front of the jersey, that’s among the biggest failures that can be attached to a head coach.

Orgeron is the second-highest-paid coach in the FBS, behind only Nick Saban, but it’s looking like an inevitability he’ll be getting his $17 million buyout than coaching the team in 2022.

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