Phyllis and chicken

Phyllis, left, is the cook at an Oxford gas station where LSU coach Ed Orgeron used to get fried chicken each Friday. The Advocate's Ross Dellenger, in Oxford ahead of the LSU-Ole Miss game, interviewed Phyllis about serving Orgeron during his time in Oxford. "I still love him," she said. Read the full story on Friday at theadvocate.com

Advocate staff photos by ROSS DELLENGER

Ed Orgeron will make a return trip to Oxford this weekend, facing his former team for the first time as LSU’s head coach.

Though Orgeron, who was Ole Miss’ head coach for three years before being fired at the end of the 2007 season, has said the Ole Miss game is just another one on the schedule, there’s definitely at least one memory from Oxford that he’d like to revisit.

Chicken-on-a-stick.

At his weekly Monday news conference, Orgeron said that a gas station in Oxford served “the best” chicken-on-a-stick he’s ever had (though not better than Raising Cane’s chicken, he quickly pointed out).

Orgeron said that he hopes to stop by and say hello to the cook, who he said is “about all I remember” from his time in Mississippi.

The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger, in Oxford ahead of the LSU-Ole Miss game, visited that Chevron station on Thursday and met Phyllis, the cook who served Orgeron his fried chicken each Friday.

“I still love him,” Phyllis told Dellenger.

Check back at theadvocate.com on Friday to read Dellenger’s full story on Phyllis, Orgeron and the now-famous chicken-on-a-stick.

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