The LSU football team will be unable to hold a full practice Wednesday due to a lack of healthy players, Ed Orgeron told reporters Wednesday on the SEC coaches teleconference. Orgeron added that the team will also be unable to hold the Tiger Bowl scrimmage Thursday, citing the same issue.
“We don’t have enough players to do the Tiger Bowl scrimmage tomorrow, and we don’t have enough players healthy enough to have a full practice today,” Orgeron said on the call. LSU is currently on a bye before traveling to No. 3 Alabama in Week 10.
Injuries to key players have piled up for LSU in what has been another tumultuous season for the Tigers since winning the national championship in 2019. Projected Week 1 starting quarterback Myles Brennan went down with an arm injury during fall camp and has not played in 2021. Among other injured players are wide receiver Kayshon Boutte and defensive backs Eli Ricks and Derek Stingley. Boutte and Ricks were both ruled out for the remainder of the season following their respective injuries, while Stingley has been ruled out indefinitely in the time since undergoing a procedure on his left foot.
The ongoing strife in Baton Rouge was enough for LSU to announce an impending coaching change earlier in the month. It was announced Oct. 17 that Orgeron will not return as the LSU head coach in 2022. He will finish the season for the Tigers, but the two sides reached a separation agreement. The national-championship winning head coach of the Tigers is 9-9 since his 2019 title, including a fourth-place finish in the division last season.
Prior to taking the LSU job, Orgeron was LSU’s defensive line coach for two seasons before being promoted. Prior to LSU, Orgeron was on the USC staff from 2010-13 before taking over as the interim head coach in 2013, going 6-2. He was also the head coach at Ole Miss from 2005-07, going 10-25.
Orgeron’s buyout will reportedly be paid in full. LSU owes him $17 million, according to reports. It was a mixed bag of reactions throughout the sports media landscape, ranging from people not be surprised and others puzzled.
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