Christian LaCouture does not want to hear anymore about how LSU coach Ed Orgeron should be fired only five games into the season.
Orgeron has taken intense scrutiny from the fanbase the past few weeks as his Tigers have started slow in his first full year. Those concerns only grew more intense last weekend after losing to Troy, ending a 49-game home, nonconference winning streak in the process.
The Tigers know there’s problems to be addressed, but the senior defensive end doesn’t think it’s appropriate to call for anyone’s job so early in the season.
“I think it’s disrespectful. I think it’s absurd,” LaCouture said in a passionate defense of his coach. “Coach O is a guy that has put everything into this football program. You can’t blame him. It’s us. We didn’t execute. He had a great game plan for us this week. I wouldn’t want anybody to (blame Orgeron). Blame it on us. It’s us.
“Me being one of the leaders on the team, I didn’t help prepare the team well enough to make sure we were good to go. I feel like when people say things like that it hurts us as a team. We feel bad for Coach O because he does not deserve that at all.”
From local radio shows to message boards and social media, the demands for Orgeron to be removed from the position he signed a five-year contract for in the spring has steadily grown.
Ed Orgeron admitted Monday that he broke a promise last week.
Orgeron will make $3.5 million per year, according to the contract he agreed to when he was hired.
If LSU were to fire Orgeron, it would be saddled with a buyout in excess of $9 million on top of the continued payments to former coach Les Miles for the next five years, according to his contract.
Orgeron's buyout drops after each year. It slips to $8.5 million in 2018, $6 million in 2019, $4.5 million in 2020 and then $1 million for the final year.
Miles receives a check from the program for $133,000 per month.
Orgeron downplayed the situation during his Monday news conference.
“I hadn't heard that. Thanks for telling me,” he joked with a reporter. “I go to work, show up at 6 in the morning, say my prayers, drink my coffee, watch film. I stay in the office all day, call my wife two or three times a day, text my boys. Go to practice. Go watch film. Go home and I put my head on the pillow and go to bed. “I don't listen to the news. I don't listen to none of that. That's out of my control.”