The Advocate's LSU beat writer Ross Dellenger appeared on 104.5 KNNX-FM's "Off the Bench" with Jordy Culotta and T-Bob Hebert on Thursday morning to discuss the report that offensive coordinator Matt Canada and LSU will go their separate ways at season's end.
The Advocate reported officials at LSU have been in discussion with Canada's representatives on a potential settlement for a split with the coach, according to multiple sources. A possible replacement is longtime assistant Steve Ensminger, something Orgeron revealed himself during a news conference after the regular season finale against Texas A&M.
LSU plans to split with Matt Canada after the Citrus Bowl.
The divorce between Ed Orgeron and Matt Canada has been like a lot of splits.
Click here to listen to the interview. Here's a rundown of a portion of the discussion.
Q: "It seems like the state of that relationship is rocky at best. How do you read into it?"
A: [Orgeron’s] answer to … those questions yesterday about [Canada] has been kinda similar to his answer to questions about [Canada] all season. Just the way he answers the question you can kinda tell that the relationship between him and Canada is not great. It's just been going on all season, really since the Troy game. We've seen it. I don't know if it's gotten worse, necessarily, the relationship. But it's definitely just as bad as it always has been. … [Orgeron] has made it very clear that he's been unhappy with [Canada] in various ways, and this has been a long time coming, guys. I'll be honest, it's something that I had kinda prepared to release in some way after the bowl or the night of the bowl. Because it's going to happen pretty quickly after the bowl game. It's been a long time coming really since Troy, and what happened that week, that they really internally made the decision that we needed to part ways after the season.
Q: Why does LSU seem so surprised by all of this?
A: As far being prepared for a question. That is something I know they do and they've done even before [Orgeron]. They did it with Les and everybody pretty much does it -- you prepare for a list of questions you expect. I would think that that was on the list, or you would think it would be … all I can say is Ed Orgeron is a different kind of cat, and when you prepare him for a question, ultimately he's gonna answer the question how he wants to. That's how I've really gathered Ed from being around him. He's going to do what he wants to do, and he's going to say what he wants to say. And sometimes he says things in a way to get a message out ... I think the relationship is so bad … we kind of described it as "icy." But I think you can describe it worse than that. When you ask him a question, even if he's prepared to answer this way, I think the emotions kind of overtake. ... In a way I think you've got to give it to Ed for being truthful. … That's a good example of an emotional coach, who, even if he's prepared for something, he's just going to say the truth. And the truth is that they don't have a very good relationship, and it just kinda comes out in all those answers.
Q: Does Steve Ensminger make sense if Canada is out?
A: Orgeron kind of ran on the campaign that he was going to be this motivator and recruiter and he was going to take less money and have two really good coordinators. Two highly paid, kind of genius-type coordinators … Anybody you talk to says great things about Steve Ensminger, how hard he works … but you've got to admit he's not that big splashy name or anything. I'm not sure how that's going to go over if that does happen. … I wrote that Steve is an obvious candidate and a prime candidate but in no way is some deal done with Steve to be LSU's next offensive coordinator, I don't think that's the truth at all. But I think he's a prime candidate and I'm not just saying that through sources, Ed Orgeron made that pretty clear after the A&M game.
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