New LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron didn’t sugarcoat anything during his speech at Thursday’s LSU football coaches clinic.
Instead, he poured a little Tabasco on it.
With his heavy Cajun accent and fiery mannerisms, Orgeron took the stage in front of a collection of high school coaches from around Louisiana and offered several words of advice.
And if anyone ever had any doubt that the Larose native loves his home state, they were officially put to bed when Orgeron finally ended his lecture.
“I’m from south Louisiana, and I love to eat,” he said. “I love to eat fried shrimp, fried chicken, dirty rice, grits and everything that’s bad.”
But Orgeron wasn’t finished professing his affection for Louisiana. He’s a pretty big fan of the university he works for now, too.
From LSU head coach Les Miles down to the drum players in the Golden Band from Tigerland, Orgeron stressed how important every element of the game-day experience is to building a premier program.
In fact, he couldn’t stop talking about it.
“I love the music. I love the band. I love them to come to practice. I love the jock rallies. I love the LSU Tiger Band and the Golden Girls. I love the fight songs,” Orgeron said. “Are you kidding me? ‘Hold that Tiger?’ Think about it.”
Orgeron’s lesson plan for the coaches in attendance was simple: one team, one heartbeat.
He discussed the importance of having a solid player-coach relationship, noting how he has made an effort early to treat his players as he would his own sons.
It was a message he learned in previous coaching jobs. When Orgeron was at Miami under former Hurricanes coach Jimmy Johnson, Johnson gave Orgeron a little piece of advice.
“(Johnson) said to go out and get great players and coach them,” Orgeron said. “I’ve been on a mission ever since. It’s about the players and about the things that we do.”
Orgeron has done just that with the Tigers. Even after helping to bring in 25 members of the 2015 class on National Signing Day, Orgeron continues to be on the lookout for recruits. He left his audience with one final message Thursday.
“I like my defensive linemen,” he said. “They’re about 6-foot-3, 285, and they run about a 4.7 (in the 40-yard dash) with about 6 inches between their eyes. So if you’ve got those guys, and I know some of you have got them, then send them on over.”