Ed Orgeron’s hiring of Steve Ensminger could be defining moment of his LSU tenure

Ed Orgeron
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He’s one of the best that’s ever worked for me,” former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville told The Advocate of Baton Rouge about Ensminger, who served as his interim OC in 2008.

LSU fans saw first-hand what Ensminger could do in 2016 when the offense set a slew of school records while he was calling plays over eight games for the fired Cam Cameron. Think about that: Ensminger did a better job calling plays in Cameron’s offense than Cameron himself.

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Still, with so much riding on this hire, the prudent thing for Orgeron to do would have been to hire the surest thing. Instead, he’s pushing all his chips to the center of the table without even looking at his hand. After his first hire was a costly flop and his second unconventional, it is unlikely Orgeron will have the luxury of a third hire.

Facing an early crossroads in his tenure, Orgeron chose the road less traveled. Time will tell if it leads LSU back among the elite of college football.

(You can follow Matt Moscona on Twitter @MattMoscona)

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