We’ve written about the Ed Orgeron-Matt Canada divorce twice during the ongoing 15 Most Interesting series (and plenty of times throughout the saga), but there’s nothing quite like hearing it from the horse’s mouth.
And that horse is doing a lot of talking today.
Appearing at SEC media days on Monday, Orgeron called his hire of Canada “a mistake.”
Coach O on changing offensive coordinators:
It's tough when you make a mistake. It's tougher when you can't admit you made a mistake.
Pretty darn candid.#LSU
— Scott Rabalais (@RabalaisAdv) July 16, 2018
Orgeron and Canada had no history together prior to their shotgun marriage in Baton Rouge. Orgeron famously targeted Lane Kiffin to be his offensive coordinator and strongly believed he had him in the fold until Kiffin took the Florida Atlantic job, so he turned to Plan B. Canada put up big numbers at Pittsburgh, so LSU paid him a big number to translate that success to Baton Rogue.
As we know, that didn’t turn out to be the case. The Tigers were ninth in scoring in the SEC last season.
After Canada was bought out, Orgeron promoted Steve Ensminger back to his offensive coordinator spot.
"Just on a daily basis, working within the office, what I wanted in an off. coord. Just going through some of the things we went through last year," Orgeron on going back to Ensminger. "I'm more comfortable with Steve."
— Glenn Guilbeau (@LSUBeatTweet) July 16, 2018
With three quarterbacks vying to replace Danny Etling, Derrius Guice off to the NFL and the offensive line retooling after losing three starters, LSU heads into a crucial month of training camp. The Bayou Bengals open with Miami and host Georgia in addition to their usual gauntlet of the SEC West plus a trip to Florida.