Fournette said in January that coach Ed Orgeron made the decision that Fournette wouldn't play.
It's been almost a decade since Orgeron was sacked from Ole Miss following three mostly dismal seasons as head coach.
Fournette's college coach, Ed Orgeron, thinks that narrative is nonsense. "That is a man who I have looked up to for the past four to five years". Orgeron did not shy away from comparisons to 2017 No. 1 draft pick Myles Garrett, a former Texas A&M defensive end.
"I don't do what I used to do", Orgeron said.
"I'm not a big fan of them". Was given a great chance. "And I still need to prove that now I'm the head coach, and we need to win, and I get that". I did the things that I did as the defensive line coach that was successful over the years. Of those 16, Orgeron, Muschamp, Rich Rodriguez, Mark Richt, Bobby Petrino, Mike Leach and David Cutcliffe were fired from their previous gig, although the ousters of Leach and Petrino had nothing to do with on-field results. "They're coached great, they're the most fundamentally-sound team that I've ever faced", Chalk said. Then again, one might suggest that it's LSU who has often been scared to throw the ball against the Crimson Tide, leaving Alabama with the flexibility to bring an extra defender into the run defense. Those changes are the reasons for his success since leaving Ole Miss, he said.
When LSU opens conference play against Mississippi State on September 16 at Davis Wade Stadium, it will do so without its top five tacklers from a year ago.
Orgeron had never been a coordinator before getting the Ole Miss job, and he vowed to treat a future head coaching position more like a CEO, opting to delegate more effectively. "I don't want to get into all that".
"Number one, I was going to treat the team exactly how I treat my sons, no different", Orgeron said. "And then I was going to treat every coach on the coaching staff with respect and let him coach his position". We beat Louisville in the Citrus Bowl.
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Two minutes later, he again exited the restroom and then ran towards an emergency exit door and attempted to open it. But, representatives from Delta and the North American Aerospace Defense Command said no such escort happened.
Orgeron's resurrection might be the most unlikely of them all. It has finished worse in the postseason AP poll than the preseason poll in each of the past five seasons, with no major bowl appearances. "We are putting in a lot of extra film work, especially in the summer when it is a lot of player-led stuff".
Orgeron will be responsible for fixing all of that as quickly as possible. That led coach Bret Bielema, now 25-26 in four seasons at Arkansas, to take a deeper look at his program. During SEC Media Day, the new full-time #LSU Tigers coach had an opportunity to show off that side of his personality.
"Their team is coached very well, and they get their team ready to play".
Orgeron ended with a deep breath and a toothy grin. Last year, the game was 0-0 going into the fourth quarter. He had some high praise for running back Derrius Guice, whom he says will be the offense's focal point. "I wasn't ready", Orgeron said.
"We all thought I had the touchdown".
"People are going to do what they're going to do", Orgeron said on the first day of SEC media days.
To understand the chip of Guice's shoulder one has to venture back to his days as a high school prospect.