Sumlin says Orgeron raised LSU players' energy level

LSU coach Ed Orgeron celebrates with his players following last Thursday's 54-39 win at Texas A&M.

LSU's decision last weekend to remove the interim tag for football coach Ed Orgeron has been met with mixed reviews, but "Coach O" has a staunch believer in the counterpart his team just defeated.

Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin lost all four meetings against former Tigers coach Les Miles, and he's now 0-1 against Orgeron following last Thursday's 54-39 track meet in College Station. Orgeron replaced Miles four games into this season, when LSU was 2-2 and coming off an 18-13 loss at Auburn.

"I think, as other coaches have said, that Ed has done a great job," Sumlin said. "It's not the easiest thing to do to step into that room and have people follow a vision. The thing that you noticed was that the energy level went up, because their guys were flying around and playing hard.