LSU head coach Ed Orgeron, who led the program to an undefeated national championship less than two years ago, won't return to the sideline in 2022. This past weekend, he and the school mutually agreed to part ways following this season, marking the end of his six-year tenure.
Orgeron will leave as the second straight LSU coach to win a championship and get fired, joining Les Miles. And for reasons unknown, apparently some fans believe that the Tigers' run in 2019 was more of a curse than a blessing, according to SEC Network announcer Tom Hart.
"There's so much to gain by having a great program, and it goes beyond national championships," Hart told The DA Show on Thursday. "I had an LSU fan -- when I was in Baton Rouge three weeks ago -- look me in the eye and say with a straight face, and he meant it, 'Winning the national championship was the worst thing that ever happened to us.' I don't understand that line of thought, I think people want to win.
"But enrollment jumps, income jumps, budget jumps. All this stuff is positively impacted by having a winning program... And so, when your program can be a national title contender in the SEC, it creates this romanticism and aura that people need to be on your campus. And you experience this incredibly rapid growth... They see real value in that, that goes beyond just raising a flag."
The news of Orgeron's departure wasn't surprising -- he's the program to an underwhelming 9-8 record since hoisting the College Football Playoff trophy back in January 2020. But the timing was somewhat awkward, only because the Tigers were just one day removed from a thrilling upset win over Florida in Baton Rouge. At 4-3, LSU remains two wins away from bowl eligibility, and since 2000, the team has never finished a single season with a losing record.
Who will succeed Orgeron in 2022? This question has yet to be answered. Much like USC, LSU will conduct a national search for the right candidate. However, fans should cross Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher off their wish lists, as he recently told reporters that he's committed to the Aggies.
The entire college football conversation between Hart and DA can be accessed in the audio player above.