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LSU AD had ‘gut check’ meeting with Ed Orgeron, top assistants about ‘accountability’

Ed Orgeron
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Following LSU’s embarrassing loss during homecoming weekend to Sun Belt’s Troy Trojans, Ed Orgeron and his top assistants were visited by the school’s athletic director.

According to Ross Dellenger of The Advocate, Joe Alleva met with the coaches to discuss “accountability,” among other things. According to Dellenger’s sources, they left the meeting, which was held in Orgeron’s office, “in agreement on the direction of the program.”

“It was a gut check meeting,” the source said. “It was more that guys need to look each other in the eye and tell each other how it is.”

According to Dellenger, the meeting centered around the team’s offense. Players said after the Troy game that they played two different offenses, using offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s offense in the second half after going with a scheme like the one Steve Ensminger ran last year during the first half.

The meeting was confirmed by Orgeron himself during a conference all Wednesday, per Dellenger.

“I think the reason why Joe wanted to do it and I wanted to do it is because we’re not playing very well,” Orgeron said. “We all know that. We wanted to see what we could correct, and we threw everything out on the table. I thought it was very positive.”

“Laid out everything on the table. What direction we’re going to go, how can we fix it. It’s been a very positive week. Joe and I meet all of the time. We said, ‘Let’s bring in the coordinator,’ both he and I. ‘Let’s talk to them, see what’s going on.’

“We feel like we have two very good coordinators. He wanted to know what was going on, what we could do better. We all got on the same page. Very positive.”

The Tigers better have things figured out. Their on the road this Saturday for a date with the Florida Gators at The Swamp. LSU’s offense has been stuck in a rut since being destroyed by Mississippi State three weeks ago. Florida’s defense won’t make things any easier, so this is the wrong week to be struggling with any sense of direction.

If the Tigers get embarrassed again on Saturday, we’re betting another meeting will take place. And this time around, it might not all be so positive.