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I AM INTRIGUED BY COACH O, THE LSU FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP COACH

By Dr. Hal Kitchings - Jan. 16th, 2020

Ed Orgeron, Head Coach at LSU

I AM INTRIGUED BY COACH O, THE LSU FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP COACH…


Louisiana State University won the BCS National Championship on Monday evening by defeating Clemson University. Coach Ed Orgeron led the undefeated Tigers to what was described by the CBS Sports station recently as the, “Best team. Best season. Best player. And for this season, perhaps even the best coach. Of all time.”


Coach O has won numerous awards. This past Friday he was given the 2019 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award. But these things aren’t really what intrigue me most about the gruff talking coach.


HERE’S WHAT REALLY INTRIGUES ME MOST…


*He’s living the dream. No, really, he is. He is from Louisiana. His dream was to be the Head Coach at LSU. He’s been able to fulfill his dream of coaching in the premier football program in his beloved state and now, win the BCS Championship. I am not an LSU fan, though I am an SEC fan, but wanted to see him succeed because he’s home. He loves his native state and wanted to do well for the entire state of Louisiana. There’s something special about being able to help those that raised you as an adult. Maybe his accomplishment will cause others to never give up on their dreams.


*He learned from his mistakes and from the “school or hard knocks.” He’s admitted mistakes he made as a younger coach years ago. He improved in areas of character and weakness. He was turned down as Head Coach of the University of Southern California prior to becoming LSU’s coach. He even told his wife, Kelly, that hearing the news was one of the worst days of his life. She said, “No it’s not,” and explained that God obviously had a better plan in the future. Think about what would have happened if he had given up on his call. Don’t give up. When God has called you to a certain career path, and it’s clearly His call, He’ll take care of you. His ways are not ours. His plans are better than ours.


*He’s comfortable in his own skin. He is unique. People enjoy harassing him about his voice. He just laughs about it. I love it! He doesn’t try to be someone else. He embraces his Louisiana background, experiences, personality, and uses it for good. Listen, don’t try to be someone you’re not. Be you. Be the best version of you possible. God will bless you because He made you to be you.


Let’s all learn from Coach O and maybe someone else will be intrigued. And best-case scenario, we will be able to tell them our testimony of God’s faithfulness.


Until Next Time...

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