LSU fell to Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide Saturday night in a 10-0 defensive slugfest.
Moreso, the Tigers dropped an opportunity to give the full-time head coaching gig to interim coach Ed Orgeron. And according to reports, the failed audition will cost him the gig.
Here’s what Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports noted:
“Ed Orgeron needed more than a Cajun accent and a player-friendly vibe to have a shot at the full-time LSU job. He needed to beat Alabama. The LSU coaching search moves on.”
Before the loss, Orgeron’s crew looked revitalized, bouncing out to a 3-0 record and scoring more than 40 points per game.
But against Alabama, the Tigers reverted to their old selves aside from a few deep connections here and there. Leonard Fournette’s stat line looked eerily similar to what it has in recent years (17 carries, 35 yards) and the LSU defense couldn’t do enough late to keep the Tide out of the end zone.
While Orgeron has talked up his Baton Rouge roots and his common standing with residents, his failed audition speaks volumes for change. The talented bunch just couldn’t get it done, and LSU must find someone who can get the Tigers over that hump.
Whether that’s Jimbo Fisher, Tom Herman or another candidate, rumors continue to swirl that the Tigers will seek out top prospects.