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Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel recently sat down with former LSU running back Leonard Fournette who revealed that it was Ed Orgeron's decision, not his, to sit out against Louisville in the Citrus Bowl.
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He played in just seven of LSU’s 12 games, hobbled throughout his junior season by an ankle sprain. In the end he averaged an impressive 6.5 yards per carry, but his performances were feast or famine: 284 yards against Ole Miss, 35 against Alabama. In late September, LSU fired Miles. The Tigers finished 7–4, and at season’s end Fournette announced that he would skip the Citrus Bowl to rehab his ankle injury and prepare for the draft. Fournette would later say that interim coach Ed Orgeron was the one who made that call—and, in retrospect, Fournette says he appreciates Orgeron’s choice. “I’m kinda happy he made the decision for me because I wasn’t helping the team,” says Fournette. “I cried about it, but some people were made to tell you what’s right and wrong.”
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TJGator121585 months
I will never forget LF7 being a punk trying to fight a UF coach but he's a great player. Wish him the best.
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Tigers4Lyfe85 months
This news came out months ago.
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PeteRose85 months
Is that pic photoshopped? How is it possible the have thighs that big?
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Spankem85 months
Did Ogeron tell him not to go to his teams awards banquet as well?
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FishinTygah8485 months
Some reports say he missed it for a family member's funeral. Lanard wasn't at the banquet either.
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Spelt it rong85 months
Sit down Spankem.
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Spankem85 months
That was the first that I heard of a family funeral. Would have thought the rant detectives would have provided that info at the time that the rant was in an uproar about him not going. Thanks for sharing Fishin!
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USMCTiger0385 months
LF is such an outstanding guy.
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thejudge85 months
Wow. What a compliment. "Some people were made to tell you what's right and wrong" Shows great respect for coach O.
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FLObserver85 months
helps make that decision easier when you have a future 1st Rb behind LF :)
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OU81285 months
Les Miles would have ran him into the ground.
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Mr. Hangover85 months
SMMFH
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earl keese85 months
Almost 7 months after being canned, Les Miles still living rent free in OU812s' head.
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LSU Tiger Eyes86 months
... and once again, thanks and good luck in the NFL!
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theBru86 months
It was a great decision for everyone involved, which is 1 Team...geaux get 'em Buga...
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SuperSaint86 months
Good coaches play to win the gems right? How you do that? Play your most capable players... ??
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Tiger_Stripes85 months
The safety of your players should always come first. You don't sacrifice a kid's future and you have to make the decision for him.
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LSUrme85 months
Guice was most capable in the bowl game. He proved that.
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The Mick85 months
LSU butt raped Louisville. Pretty sure our players were capable enough.
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stewie86 months
Best of luck and get paid.
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UptownnMike86 months
I thought he said this some months ago
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KING NOLA85 months
He did right after those ridiculous people started saying he quit on his team. Anybody that know anything about Leonard Fournette know one thing and that is he never has been and never will be a quitter. GEAUX TIGERS!!!!!!!!PURPLEREIGN?????????
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Drizzt86 months
Should have sat him for Florida
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Lsu10120586 months
Hopefully people can stop lambasting Leonard for something that was A) not his call B) was the right decision for not only him but his teammates.
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Mr.Perfect86 months
Coach O is a class act.
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