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Ed Orgeron: "We need football."

Ed Orgeron's wild ride continues, where Tuesday he found himself sharing a stage with the Vice President of the United States, along with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Louisiana Senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy, Dr. Deborah Birx, and many others.

The head coach of the defending national champions has taken a major leadership role in Louisiana's battle against the coronavirus, and that role is even more important now that crunch time has arrived.

"We have our team back. They're ready to go," Orgeron said. "We need football. We need to play. This state needs it, this country needs it."

This is a continuation of O's strategy of being relentlessly positive in the face of adversity. "We’re planning football school. We’ve made our practice schedule for August. We’re putting in all of our scripts. We’re doing all of our cards," he said last week. "We’re going on as usual, we’re playing. Whatever happens, we’ve been told that in all likelihood we’re playing. If that changes, that’s out of our control." LSU has emerged from the self-imposed shut down of voluntary workouts last month that saw 30 players enter quarantine, an episode that, Orgeron has said, was driven largely by players visiting off-campus parties and bars.

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