Perfection

LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron hoist the trophy during the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Lake Charles American Press, Kirk Meche)

So LSU finally has a football team that the university's nationally renowned School of Memes and Hype Videos can be proud of.

Maybe that was the goal all along.

In some circles, if I'm understanding this right, the actual national championship was just a bonus, perhaps icing on the cake.

To a select few, if I was reading social media right the last month, and in particular the week leading up the big game, the football trophy was only a by-product of a relentless barrage of celebrity voice-overs and semi-clever video snippets of the "gotcha" genre.

The internet world we live in.

LSU's hype video game this season was the wonder — and focus — of the millennials well before the Tigers arrived in New Orleans to do what some of us might still perceive to be the heavy lifting on the national championship.

"Throughout a transcendent 2019 season, the staff of the Tigers' creative department have taken something they've excelled at for years and ratcheted it up to an art form," read the website Banner Society, which evidently keeps a close eye on such developments. "They took something previously reserved for special occasions and hit us with it every Thursday afternoon to emotionally prepare fans for the game ahead."

It's a wonder little ol' Clemson even bothered to show up.

LSU had already dropped enough hype videos on social media — "Boom!!" is the proper response — that the whole country was agasp and mostly quite jealous.

Nobody can touch LSU when it decides to taunt you on the internet.

That's half the game right there —"killing it," in the youngsters' vernacular.

But, of course, anticlimactic at it seemed, LSU played the game anyway — the Tigers, it seemed, were only running up the score by the time kickoff arrived — and brought home the trophy with all the trimmings.

Then it was time for another subset of fans to kick in.

The Tigers hadn't even toured the White House on Friday, certainly not enough time to get back to Baton Rouge for Saturday's victory parade, before the hand-wringing and agonizing had begun.

What about next year?

Two key assistant coaches already gone. The list of juniors was mounting daily.

No more Joe Burrow.

It was a mass exodus.

Oh, the horrors.

Will the last person leaving the LSU football office just turn out the lights?

Well …

Take a deep breath.

Mostly, people, just settle down.

This. Is. The. Way. It. Works.

What? You thought no one would notice? You thought you could throw a team out there that is being called to the greatest of all time and there wouldn't be repercussions?

Of course not.

The Perfect Storm that was this LSU season may lose some punch after reaching landfall.

LSU probably won't win back-to-back national championships. It's pretty rare.

Eight teams have repeated as champion since the inception of The Associated Press poll in 1936. The last team to repeat? Alabama (2011, 2012).

But the program isn't going anywhere.

Not with Ed Orgeron in charge.

Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, who may be the best at his craft LSU has ever seen, can and will be replaced.

Same for Joe Brady, the wunderkind passing game coordinator — not to be confused with the offensive coordinator who called most of the plays, Steve Ensminger.

Wish Brady well after he introduced the Tigers' offense to the 21st century.

Orgeron will replace them. With whom? Well, at this point you've just got to trust him. And there are other good coaches out there.

Mainly, if nothing else, this season made LSU a must-check-it-out program for any hot-shot rising assistant coaches out there.

The consensus national coach of the year (Ed O) has made it clear how he operates. He's gained the reputation in coaching circles of letting assistant coaches do their jobs without over-meddling.

So LSU is an attractive spot. There will be no shortage of excellent candidates.

Burrow? Can't help you. You may never see his like again.

I'm sure LSU explored every loophole and there was just nothing left for a 23-year-old, soon-to-be-mulitmillionaire Heisman Trophy winner who graduated (from Ohio State) almost two years ago.

Just be glad you got to see him and witness probably the greatest season ever by a college quarterback, with charisma to boot.

The nine juniors who left were no surprise either.

Some were no-brainers, a couple or three maybe wishful thinking

In other words, just another year at LSU, with or without a national championship.

Nine is a little high, even for LSU's NFL factory, but it's lost as many as 11 before, and the Tigers didn't shut down the program.

There will be some holes to fill, some bigger than others, but Orgeron has recruited like a mad man and will carry on. And he's not going anywhere.

So just enjoy the championship. Next year will get here when it gets here.

But I'm sure the LSU School of M&HV is already on the case.


Scooter Hobbs covers LSU athletics. Email him at shobbs@americanpress.com

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