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Ed Orgeron said Monday that the week of practice and meetings after the Troy loss along with Duke Riley's intense talk with the team was the turning point for LSU's season.

Orgeron said that the former LSU and current Atlanta Falcons rookie linebacker "lit into the football team" like he has never seen before.
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Q. Do you think that in a way the loss to Troy made the last two weeks possible? And if so could you elaborate on that?

ED ORGERON: We used it as a turning point. I go back to several Mondays ago when we met with these 11 men in my office and we threw everything out on the table, just like you would throw as a family meeting. We said, "Tell the truth. What's going on?" We did. They went and talked to the team, and they were going to have a half hour team meeting; they had an hour team meeting, and you could see the difference in practice.

I think the true turn-around of our football team was on a Thursday, Duke Riley came, was M.V.P. last year, a guy that everybody respects, watched us practice, and he lit into the football team like I ain't never seen before!
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CL810076 months
He looks a little like the eddie guerrero guy. Hope he comes to talk to the tigers for ole miss and bama game as well.
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randybobandy76 months
The power of the mullet compels me.....
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Lexman176 months
This is actually good coaching by O, as anyone who has ever played organized sports will tell you. Sometimes it takes a young, successful player to relay the message to the team instead of middle aged, out of shape coaches. No offense, but it’s just so much more effective coming from a current NFL player less than a year removed from college. You motivate any way you can. This obviously works. I say keep it going O! And thanks to Duke, our HC in waiting! Have a long, successful pro career first, bro!
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luciouslou76 months
Article should say: Duke went in there and slapped the piss out of somebody.
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TigerSpray76 months
Coach O, why can't you light into the team like that?
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75503Tiger76 months
You idiots saying Coach O is an idiot for doing this need to get back to being dickheads to your wives and kicking your dogs. Tradition dies hard and Duke isnt willing to see it die.
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Bawser76 months
Sorry, but when the "turning point" for a team is a former player talking to your team, your coach is clueless. Thankfully he's given full control to the coordinators, but Coach O literally brings no value add to the team other than his incoherent rambling. Geaux Tigers.
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Bawser76 months
And his incoherent rambling is purely entertainment value. So the rest of the nation can look and say "Look, thats how the uneducated cajuns speak in Louisiana".
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rbdallas76 months
it is not unusual for a "different" and " contemporary" voice to be listened to by young people. A lot of them pay more attention to the messenger than the message until they mature some.
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BlackPot76 months
"watched us practice, and he lit into the football team like I ain't never seen before!" I want to see this. I'm sure that was pretty awesome to see.
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abellsujr76 months
Can he talk to the team every week?
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BayouBengal9976 months
It would be sad if this were the NFL BUT this is college ball and these are young men. Young men are sometimes fragile, and when you take another young man to come in and relate to them then it can be much more effective. Coach O did come up with the former player rule didn't he? So actually this would be a strategy implemented by coach O woudn't it? So it's not kinda sad, it worked, so it's kinda smart if you ask me. Only bitter bama fans would actually think it's sad. He's still coaching and directing the team isn't he? He still made the hires didn't he? He's still recruiting good players right? As long as the plan comes together and you are successful, does it matter how you got there?
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Lexman176 months
100% correct, sir!
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Laman197876 months
Duke Riley for Head Coach in twenty years!
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Bestbank Tiger76 months
How about in 20 days instead?
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STRIPES76 months
I always liked Duke Riley. I met the young man right after he had signed with LSU and I was impressed with his attitude and personality. I am not surprised he would do something like that.
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Lexman176 months
Me, too. Couldn’t believe Miles and Chavis wasted him on special teams only. I knew he was a true talent from day 1!
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Ghost of Colby76 months
D. White has credited Riley for taking him under his wing last year. White called out some of his teammates 2 weeks ago, then a few days later Duke called out the whole team. I think the moral of the story is that leadership & expectations are seeping back into the program.
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Mr. Hangover76 months
Yep... and leadership is crucial
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PUB76 months
Took a negative and turned it into a positive
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LZ8376 months
Wish I know what Duke told them.
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Wally Sparks76 months
Needs to also rip into the current team he's on
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PeopleChamp76 months
A true leader.. Understand what it means to be a tiger
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Bawser76 months
Sad when former players have to motivate this team, Corch. What do you do again?
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yeauxkneauxit76 months
Some fans just gonna complain. No matter.
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Genestealer5576 months
It would be nice to be able to latch onto something other then emotional responses for the last 2 late game wins..whether it’s due to fan’s negativity or ex player speeches. What’s the emotional motivation for the Ole Miss game? You can only employ the us vs the world strategy for so long.
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ranger35076 months
you're an idiot !
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