President Trump on LSU’s Ed Orgeron: ‘If I was casting a movie… that’s my football coach’

President Trump on LSU’s Ed Orgeron: ‘If I was casting a movie… that’s my football coach’


Chris Bumbaca


USA TODAY

Published 3: 22 PM EST Jan 17, 2020

WASHINGTON — Move over Denzel Washington and Kyle Chandler, there’s might be a new potential favorite football coach in Hollywood.

Ed Orgeron is still the coach of LSU and doesn’t have any known film appearances on deck, but President Donald Trump thinks he could have made it big acting as a football coach, too.

Speaking in the East Room at the White House on Friday during a ceremony honoring the college football national champions, the president had high praise for Orgeron. Trump said he found him as so much of a coaching prototype that he’d cast him as one in a movie. 

“If I was casting a movie, I told him today, that’s my football coach,” Trump said.  “There’s nobody in Hollywood that could play it better than this guy, right coach?”

Two things stood out to Trump when he first began watching Orgeron on television: the 58-year-old’s physique and the way he speaks.

“I said ‘Man, that man is all man,'” Trump said. “He’s a big, strong-looking guy.”

“I didn’t know if he had laryngitis or was that his real voice,” he added. 

Indeed, Louisiana’s favorite native son has an unmistakable voice, one that gives away his Cajun upbringing on the bayou. 

During their conversation, Orgeron told reporters as the visit ended, he and Trump discussed football and how much the president enjoyed attending two of LSU’s games. They also discussed leadership tactics.

“You may well be the most beloved coach anywhere in the land,” Trump said. 

Orgeron, who addressed reporters alongside his wife Kelly and quarterback Joe Burrow, said that while Friday marked the first day of a new contact period for recruits, he wouldn’t be hitting the road. The Tigers, who visited the National Museum of African American History before the White House visit, will grab some food and head to the airport for the journey back to Baton Rouge, where the university is throwing a championship parade Saturday.

But Orgeron hoped recruits were watching and, surrounded by cameras, he went into full living-room-pitch mode.

“I hope all those top recruits, especially at Joe’s position, see us here and know that this is a great place to play, at LSU,” Orgeron said. “You can come to the White House, you can win national championships, you can win the Heisman, you can be a first-round draft choice.

At LSU, Ed Orgeron became a national champ. But who knows, maybe he could have been a famous movie star instead. 

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