ESPN’s Chris Fowler says LSU’s firing of former head coach Ed Orgeron is a sign to his predecessor Brian Kelly, as well as to any college football coach in the nation, to never get too comfortable. roof.
LSU’s firing of former head coach Ed Orgeron less than two years after winning the national championship did not sit well with ESPN analyst Chris Fowler, who thinks Orgeron replacement Brian Kelly could counter it.
“Something happened… on the training front,” Fowler said on the Rich Eisen Show last week. “Orgeron being fired was a chill for the coaches because two years ago he [was] walk on water at LSU. Two years later, he has no job. It can happen that quickly, so I think people feel like, ‘Wow, if they could do it with one of your own.’
LSU fired Orgeron mid-season and eventually replaced him with longtime Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly a few weeks ago. Kelly is a proven winner everywhere he goes, but he’s a complete outsider for Louisiana. Catholic connections can help with recruiting, but LSU firing one of its guys in Orgeron means they can get Kelly out of town quicker than Joe Burrow says.
Here’s Fowler’s entire conversation with Rich Eisen from last week’s show.
Chris Fowler says LSU firing Ed Orgeron put unrealistic pressure on Brian Kelly
Look. Kelly would never have left South Bend if he didn’t think he could handle the smoke. Even though he’s rebuilt the Notre Dame show into a top team every year, he still sees writing on the walls. Unless Notre Dame participates in a Power Five conference, the Bronze Men won’t be able to win the national title. Upon arriving at LSU, Kelly entered the toughest league in football.
What’s lost in all of this with Orgeron’s abrupt termination from LSU is that we saw something similar happen less than a decade ago in the same West SEC. Gene Chizik watched his Auburn tigers win the national title in 2010. Two years later, Auburn became aggressive and he was beaten. Orgeron’s firing under different circumstances, but the Bayou Bengals are a .500 team since winning them all.
As for whether or not Kelly is fit, knocked down or not, the only thing that matters is whether or not he wins. Winning is the lifeline of everything in sports, and Kelly knows how to do it at a very high level. Before promoting Orgeron from the inside, his two predecessors were non-Deep South national championship-winning coaches Nick Saban (West Virginia) and Les Miles (Ohio).
Once again, Kelly took the LSU job knowing how much pressure she would be under.
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