According to the Daily Advocate, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron spoke publicly for the first time since the 7 OT loss to Texas A & M on Saturday. Orgeron had a morning show interview on “Off The Bench” 104.5 ESPN.
“In 35 years of coaching, I’ve never used officiating as an excuse,” Orgeron said. “There was some bad calls. Four times the game should have been won for LSU. Those calls should have went in our favor and they didn’t. There’s nothing I can do about that. I felt bad about it. Our guys fought. We should have won the game.”
“We could have made a first down, the game was over,” Orgeron said. “Better calls could have made. Better execution. Twenty-nine seconds left, they have no timeouts, we need to stop them.”
There’s also conflicting reports on what happened after Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher’s nephew, Cole Fisher, shoved LSU analyst Steve Kragthorpe.
On Sunday, Kragthorpe told the USA Today that “out of nowhere” he “got nailed” and received medical attention from a Texas A&M team doctor. The Advocate also says,
Then, the Texas A&M University Police Department released a statement to the Houston Chronicle, which said Kragthorpe had retracted his statement that he had been struck and declined medical attention.
Then, LSU senior associate athletic director Robert Munson released a statement that said Kragthorpe had not retracted his statement and that he had gotten an EKG from EMTs in the LSU locker room. Munson said “Steve is a man of the highest degree of integrity and character.”
“We’re not getting into detail,” Orgeron said Tuesday. “Coach Kragthorpe is a very good man. He has Parkinson’s disease. He is very dedicated to our university. He has great character. What happened to him, it should not have happened. There was some very unprofessional acts done on that field. I hope the SEC does the right thing about it, and I’m sure they will.”
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