LSU head coach Ed Orgeron is reportedly facing pressure pressure from within the program to get his team playing better or potentially face the consequences.
Orgeron is just two years removed from leading the Tigers to a national championship, but that may not carry as much weight with athletic director Scott Woodward, according to college football insider Bruce Feldman.
The veteran head coach's "seat is in fact warm," Feldman reported on Saturday morning on FOX's Big Noon Kickoff Show, and "it got a lot warmer with the home loss to Auburn lost week."
With the loss to Auburn, unranked LSU fell to 3-2, with wins against Mississippi State, Central Michigan and McNeese State following a season-opening defeat against UCLA.
After winning the title in 2019, the Tigers saw several starters depart for the NFL, and slumped to 5-4 in the virus-shortened 2020 season.
Woodward's loyalty to Orgeron may be limited, Feldman suggested. Woodward replaced predecessor Joe Alleva, who hired Orgeron, in April 2019.
As Feldman noted, Woodward has a history of splashy hires, including when he hired Jimbo Fisher as head coach at Texas A&M.
The 60-year-old Orgeron, a native of Louisiana, took over following Les Miles' midseason dismissal in 2016.
He signed a six-year extension in early 2020 that keeps him under contract through the 2025 season. Per the terms of the deal, he is owed 70% of the balance if he is terminated, The Advocate reported last year.
LSU was set to take on Kentucky on Saturday night at 6:30 CT.