For L.S.U., Not Winning Enough Is the Biggest Scandal

Louisiana State said “wins and losses on the field” led to Coach Ed Orgeron’s dismissal, but he seemed determined to tempt fate in other ways.

It was less than two years ago, in the wee hours of the morning in New Orleans after the Louisiana State football team had capped a perfect season and the party had moved onto Bourbon Street, that Ed Orgeron walked alone with his wife, Kelly, across a Superdome field littered with confetti.

It made for a poignant scene: Orgeron, raised on the bayou, fired as coach by Mississippi and passed over by Southern California, returning to his roots for a most redemptive turn after his team

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