‘John B. from Amite:’ Governor calls into Orgeron’s radio show

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It didn’t take host Gordy Rush long to realize that “John B. from Amite” was Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards calling into LSU coach Ed Orgeron’s weekly radio show Wednesday night to publicly congratulate Orgeron and the Tigers for their win over Alabama last Saturday.

“I wanted to call in tonight and let everybody know how proud I am of the LSU Tigers, the entire program, the coaching staff, obviously the players,” Edwards said. “I appreciate the fact that you talked about the fact it was a great win for the state of Louisiana. The other thing I appreciate is how quickly you turned the focus to the Ole Miss game (this Saturday), because that’s the most important game on the schedule right now.”

The governor even provided the coach with some motivational ammunition for his players.

“Last night, the Evansville Aces beat the (top-ranked) Kentucky Wildcats in Rupp Arena,” Edwards said, “so you always have to be focused on the next game.”

Orgeron thanked Edwards and his wife Donna for their friendship.

“That was so kind of y’all to be waiting for our football team,” Orgeron said, referring to the state’s first couple meeting the Tigers’ charter Saturday night at the Baton Rouge airport. “That meant a lot to these young men … and the state of Louisiana.”

“I lost my voice Saturday yelling at the TV screen,” Edwards said. “Donna wouldn’t even stay in the room with me.

“People are excited about the LSU Tigers,” he added.

“Thank you, Governor,” Orgeron replied. “We’re just getting started.”

Clearly, Edwards and Louisiana will have their collective eyes on two sets of results Saturday night – one in Oxford and one at the polls.

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Lenny Vangilder

Lenny Vangilder


Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…

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