Ed Orgeron defends Leonard Fournette sitting out bowl game

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Where did they go?

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron is certainly a believer in what Guice can do during his junior season. But after losing in two overtimes to Texas A&M, getting blasted by Alabama and losing to SC, it turned into another disappointing season for coach Butch Jones - despite a season-ending victory over Nebraska in the Music City Bowl to finish 9-4 and become one of three SEC teams to win nine or more games, two years in a row (Florida and Alabama are the other two).

Orgeron held the title of assistant head coach at Southern Cal when he was hired at Ole Miss.

Saban would go on to win sole national championships at Alabama in 2009, '11, '12 and '15. He led the Tigers to division wins over Ole Miss, Arkansas and Texas A&M, a Citrus Bowl victory over Louisville and won over his administration and, every bit as important, his locker room.

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Notable quotes from Day 1 of SEC Media Days 2017. After discussing the fact that the freshmen were elite, the first name to come out of his mouth was the one that would've surprised LSU fans the most several weeks ago.

"I was going to treat the team exactly like I treat my sons - no different", Orgeron said. Coaches tend to be more reserved in these settings, while at times players begin to allow their personalities to shine through.

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. But the interim position was not made permanent despite a mostly impressive 6-2 season in 2013.

It was interim coach duty for the second time for Orgeron who was also 6-2 at USC.

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"Obviously they've done a great job at Alabama", Orgeron said Monday afternoon as SEC media days opened. "I know the first time I was catching with him I was expecting to loaf it and he threw it real hard and I was like, 'Whoa, whoa, you don't have to show me all your strength now.' But he's definitely feeling real healthy". He called mentors, like Jimmy Johnson and Pete Carroll. I don't feel the pressure, but I do acknowledge that it's out there. LSU fired longtime head coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron the next day.

LSU will travel to The Swamp each of the next two seasons.

"I'm very grateful for my time at Ole Miss", Orgeron said on Monday. They are recruiting at a high level now, and they do a great job of evaluation. Was given a great chance.

"They're the benchmark. I understand the head coach at LSU must beat Alabama". I did the things that I did at the defensive line coach and was very successful over the years. "It didn't work at Ole Miss, although I recruited well". And I still need to prove that now (that) I'm the head coach. He watched other coaches coach and talked to many others.

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Senior C Frank Ragnow (right) added, "One thing that I really wanted to emphasize as a leader of this team was that we are going to start strong and we are going to finish strong". And I was going to treat every coach on the coach's staff with respect and let him coach his position as he knew it.

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