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The Sports Troll: Orgeron’s ‘no shirt’ hoopla is a sign that football needs to begin

By now, every diehard LSU fan has heard about it, so I guess I’ll offer my two cents on it, as well.
Earlier this week, LSU football coach Ed Orgeron was jogging the LSU Lakes – a common occurrence for a coach who has lost a lot of weight in the past few years since re-dedicating himself to fitness.

A couple other joggers saw the coach and took a selfie with him, then posted it onto social media.

There was a catch.

Orgeron wasn’t wearing a shirt in the picture and shortly thereafter, a shirtless major-conference college football coach was the new viral sensation of the Internet.

On Wednesday, Coach O did the ESPN “car-wash”, appearing on several of the networks shows – both on TV and radio.

Throughout the day, Orgeron was asked about the infamous photo repeatedly.

Initially, he played it off, though he seemed uncomfortable about it all.

Later, he tired of the questions and said next time, he’d wear a shirt while running around campus.

Sheesh.

Give me a break.

You know it’s summertime when a sports blog is talking about a photo of a grown man who is seen without a shirt in the middle of 100 degree heat – a common happening in Louisiana.

Seriously – who cares what Coach O wears when he goes out for an afternoon stroll?

How is that news at all … even in the least?

The fact that we’re even having this conversation at all is a painful, painful reminder of how miserable summertime is while waiting for football season to begin.

But we’re almost there, Tiger fans.

There is just a month and a half left to wait.

Then, instead of shirts being removed, we’ll be able to focus more on what matters most – LSU beating the pants off its opponents in the fall.

LOOK OUT FOR SANDERS THIS FALL

Our loyal readers know that I’m not a Baton Rouge native, though the city is where my heart resides.
I, instead live in Cut Off, which is a small community in southern Lafourche Parish – near the coast of Louisiana.

So, from time-to-time, I enjoy sharing stories about players or things that we have here in this part of the country that are relevant to LSU.

So now, let’s tie everything together and make that introduction relevant to this blog.
On Wednesday, LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri recapped the 2017 season, then unveiled the team’s 2018 roster.

The Tigers lost a great deal of standout players – either to graduation or the MLB Draft and a lot of the team’s starting positions will be held by new, lesser-known players.

One of those is a guy that I’ve had a chance to see multiple times in his prep career.

So let me tell you guys about new Tigers pitcher Cameron Sanders.

Sanders is enrolling as a junior. He’s spent the past two seasons with Northwest Florida State Community college.

He’s a good one.

Sanders was 6-3 last year in JUCO ball, recording 59 strikeouts in just 43 innings.

At E.D. White, Sanders was a force, going 9-2 as a senior with 98 strikeouts in 72 innings.

A Thibodaux native, Sanders comes from a baseball family. His father, Scott Sanders, pitched in the bigs for several seasons in the 1990s.

A lot of that talent carried over into Cameron, who has a fastball that sits in the low-to-mid 90s with a lot of late break, which is brutal on hitters.

Sanders was an 18th round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft and many thought he might sign and bypass LSU
But he enrolled and will be a key cog for LSU next season.

I know pitching is a big concern to folks in Baton Rouge right now and rightfully so – the Tigers will be replacing all three of its weekend starters in 2018.

But don’t sleep on Cameron Sanders as a threat to make a big-time impact.

I’m seen him with my own eyes.

The kid looks the part.

Photo via Twitter.

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