Orgeron's Tigers focused only on football

By: Mark Menard

“I told the coaching staff this year we’ll have to do our best job coaching. And we will.”

That was the proclamation of LSU Coach Ed Orgeron when discussing his team’s quest for a second straight national championship.

As the Tigers look to follow up one of the most impressive college football seasons in history, they’ve had to prepare for their encore in unorthodox ways as they navigate the pandemic-ridden landscape.

But their plight is not unique to Baton Rouge. Every team in the country is on a level playing field regarding the coronavirus-induced hardships. And Orgeron says he has preached mental toughness and singular focus to his team.

Because of that, Orgeron isn’t concerned about whether or not the season starts on time.

“I talked to our team about blocking out the noise,” Orgeron said Thursday night on WWL Radio. “My TV has not been on in five weeks. I’m not listening to anything about whether we’re gonna play… We’ve got 95% of our team right now that’s working out for September 5. Now if they deal us another hand, we’ll be ready.

“I think we’re gonna use that mentally tough advantage during the season, and it’s going to pay off for us.”

LSU is set to open the 2020 season on September 5 against UT San Antonio in Baton Rouge. You can hear the full audio of Orgeron’s appearance on “Sports Talk” by clicking the podcast link.