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Hashing through LSU’s coaching announcements, subsequent recruiting news

Ed Orgeron will be LSU’s football coaching moving forward, Athletic Director Joe Alleva announced Saturday after a week-long whirlwind of rumors linked Jimbo Fisher and Tom Herman to the position.

And within just four days, the subsequent news and developments have given fans little opportunity to catch their breath.

Most notably and anticipated, defensive coordinator Dave Aranda will remain on board — with a pay raise and extension at that — while the Tigers have parted ways with special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto.

A pair of prospects with longstanding relationships with Orgeron took steps away from LSU.

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LSU vs. Florida brings wealth of storylines, animosity, significance

Could Saturday’s matchup with Florida have been any more heavily anticipated a month ago, considering the Gators may have been considered the least threatening opponent remaining on LSU’s schedule at the time?

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LSU running backs Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice chat during pregame warmups for the Tigers’ eventual rout of Southern Miss. (Jerit Roser)

The rivalry always bears its share of intensity and talk — whether in the lead-up to games or the offseason. But the public squabbles over the eventual postponement of a contest originally scheduled for Oct. 8, controversial photographs with a cat skeleton and a recently unleashed blunt swagger from the Tigers’ players have heaped gallons of fuel upon that fire.

All for a game that has plenty of storylines, regardless of all that talk.

Saturday will mark the final game in Tiger Stadium for seniors such as Kendell Beckwith, Tre’Davious White and Lewis Neal, as well as likely some juniors such as Leonard Fournette, Jamal Adams and Davon Godchaux — although Fournette drew headlines this week he might consider otherwise.

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BeBe’s Kids? LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron’s live audition begins vs. Mizzou | Podcast

A head football coach other than Les Miles will lead LSU into action Saturday for the first time in more than a decade.

The 12th-year head of the program — and, in many ways, face of the university — was fired earlier this week on the heels of a disappointing and downright odd and wild 18-13 loss at unranked Auburn.

Defensive line coach and fan- and player-favorite Ed Orgeron takes the reins on an interim basis as yet another set of Tigers, Missouri’s, arrive to Baton Rouge for homecoming.

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LSU’s confidence in Danny Etling obvious vs. Mississippi State, but bigger test looming at Auburn

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Teammates entered and exited the postgame press conference room Saturday night calling Danny Etling’s name as media members swarmed LSU’s new quarterback.

The playful nature wasn’t uncommon for the Tigers — particularly on the heels of a victory — but the confidence and comfort in the junior on the night of his first start since transferring from Purdue had already become evident much earlier and often.

Both from his fellow players and his coaches.

“Extended plays, ad-libbed, did the things he was supposed to do. Pretty accurate. I think he missed on maybe two throws. Made plays with his feet. I liked him,” coach Les Miles said, later adding: “I do very much like Danny, and I think he’s done a great job, and I would anticipate that he would be in that position come that trip to Auburn here next week.”

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What are LSU’s prospects after falling to Wisconsin? What to watch vs. Jacksonville State | Podcast

LSU stunned its fan base and much of the nation this past Saturday with a 16-14 loss to unranked Wisconsin.

Now, the Tigers will have to quickly lick their wounds and rebound at home against Jacksonville State — not only well enough to even their record, but also to answer questions before opening SEC play.

What are Les Miles and company’s realistic national title hopes after started on the wrong end of their matchup with the Badgers?

On the flip side, just how badly and quickly could matters spiral if LSU can’t find more offensive success?

Jerit Roser and Mark Clements discuss these and a slew of other topics, including keys to watch against the Gamecocks, in the podcast below.

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