It’s not uncommon for college football coaches to hold an informal press conference on the practice field, especially when the NCAA’s Early Signing Period brings an early Christmas. The same can be said for LSU coach Ed Orgeron, except his presser went from a simple recruiting update to some old-fashioned Cajun yellin’ in a hurry.
While giving updates on LSU Tigers’ recruiting class after a busy day of signings, Orgeron laid out a picture of what to expect when the next batch of Tigers comes to Baton Rouge. With a few people still on the field inside LSU’s indoor practice facility, they interrupted the 57-year-old, and Coach O briefly stepped away to let them hear all about.
While discussing results from 2018’s Early Signing Day including landing top-rated cornerback Derek Stingley and five-star running back John Emery Jr., some noise interrupted Orgeron’s press conference Wednesday night.
The head coach from Larose, Louisiana, as only he can, stepped away to yell at them, hilariously tacked on a “thank you,” and returned to the microphone like he just swatted a fly.
Ed Orgeron Press Conference
Ed Orgeron’s “get off my lawn” roar would end any pickup game in a hurry, and the veteran head coach did it with a level of professionalism and “courtesy” that’s impossible to duplicate.
What’s even better is Coach O did it twice with seamless transitions in between!
It was hard having a bad day at Louisiana State University at the time, especially with the football team preparing for a matchup in the Fiesta Bowl against the undefeated UCF Knights. If the worst thing that happened to LSU head coach Ed Orgeron was being interrupted twice Wednesday night, things were really looking up moving forward.
Like WAFB sports reporter Jacques Doucet pointed out, LSU football having an informal presser like this is not out of the ordinary as a lot of head coaches do the same thing.
“For anyone questioning the location of #LSU press conference Wednesday, please stop. We’ve done these casual press conferences there all season and the setup is fine. The boys were just a little too rowdy today after press conference, that’s all.”
— Jacques Doucet, via Twitter
The Tigers went to Glendale, Arizona and knocked off UCF, 40-32, that Saturday night on December 30. As expected, Orgeron wasn’t interrupted many times after seeing this viral sensation.
This article was originally published December 20, 2018.