LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron is in the midst of a difficult season. After winning the National Championship with Joe Burrow last year, many of his assistant coaches and star players departed. That left him with something of a rebuilding situation on his hands. So far, through three weeks of games, he is 1-2 on the year.
Professional happenings notwithstanding, this has also been a trying year for Orgeron on a personal level. Roughly a month after he won the National Title and signed a six-year, $42 million contract to remain LSU’s head coach, his marriage of 23 years ended. Orgeron and his wife Kelly were married in 1997 and had twin sons together, who they raised alongside Kelly’s son from her first marriage.
This week, photos leaked out that seem to show Orgeron enjoying his newfound bachelorhood. Although the pictures in question have not been corroborated or confirmed by the LSU coach himself, that did not stop them from immediately going viral.
No way pic.twitter.com/8Sf5Fm5mUC
— Sosua Stoute (@biggameJames_36) October 21, 2020
Coach O won that championship got a divorce and turnt up pic.twitter.com/MERclfKWMf
— Beer Bryant 616 (@DontrellChillis) October 21, 2020
Needless to say, fans had some reactions.
Winning a Natty will open doors for you. Especially in the SEC. You’re eating different now
— Aye girl let me hold $20 with ya fine ass. (@Tydigga1) October 21, 2020
Bobby Petrino and Hugh freeze would be proud
— Josh Gates (@JGates07) October 22, 2020
Old man is chasing tail
— George Renteria (@GeorgeRenteri12) October 21, 2020
— Rob Carter (@robccarter) October 22, 2020
@BillBungie it’s Coach O’s world, we’re just living in it
— rhoffs88 (@rhoffs88) October 22, 2020
That’s my fucking coach https://t.co/p1EXlC0x3o
— Matt (@M_cope1991) October 22, 2020
— . (@asantereloaded1) October 22, 2020
LFG Coach ! https://t.co/59sVTmcfFB
— ♕ Czarshaw ♛ (@HimCzarshaw) October 22, 2020
I see u Big Eddie https://t.co/u39yLceoOF
— Ravens 5-1 (@goodnoodlemane) October 22, 2020
This is why LSU is sucking!? Wow https://t.co/z7wC45EHSu
— Sagitterrorist (@UvT_Jezus) October 22, 2020
Coach O is having a tremendous 2020, glad someone is living it up during this hellscape of a year. https://t.co/oACGuT0RhD
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) October 22, 2020
— JVWaterboys (@JvWaterboys) October 22, 2020
Lol Coach O! https://t.co/C2JCR4xXAa
— Biggie Anderson (@USCRichie) October 22, 2020
This is literally Blue Mountain State in real life https://t.co/2xs7lpW9Th
— #DakStrong #4 (@mbullington19) October 22, 2020
It will be interesting to see if Orgeron comes out and comments on these photos in any capacity over the next few days, or if he will be content to simply let the salacious rumors burn themselves out and then just move on with his life.
Personal matters notwithstanding, Orgeron and his LSU football team have a showdown against South Carolina on the books on Saturday, Oct. 24. The Gamecocks are coming off a big win over Auburn, so momentum is on their side.
Last week, the Tigers were supposed to square off against the Florida Gators, but the game was ultimately postponed due to COVID-19.
Heading into this weekend, LSU is listed as a seven-point favorite over South Carolina. Will the outside noise distract them enough to make this outing competitive? Time will tell.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.