LSU head coach Ed Orgeron gave a somewhat surprising shoutout to President Donald Trump after coaching his team to a 42 to 25 victory over the Clemson Tigers, winning the National College Football Championship.
During a post-game interview on Monday night, the coach thanked Trump for supporting LSU.
The Daily Caller reports Orgeron said, “I’m so proud of the state of Louisiana — we’ve had support from the governor, from the president, from everybody that follows LSU.”
— Bianca Marais WJHL (@BiancaWJHL) January 14, 2020
This is not the first time Orgeron has praised Trump’s support for the team.
In December, when LSU was first selected as the number 1 seed team for the College Football Playoffs, Trump reportedly called and congratulated Orgeron.
“I was very honored to get a call from President Trump,” Orgeron said last month, per the Daily Caller. “He was very pleasant to talk to. Very complimentary of our football team, our coaching staff. Complimentary of the way the state of Louisiana has rallied around us. Was complimentary of the way we played all year and wished us good luck in the game.”
For the College Football Championship game, President Trump and First Lady Melania had front row seats and joined Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise to cheer LSU to victory.
Before the game, Trump and Melania took to the field for the opening ceremony which included the National Anthem. Many of the 78,000 people in attendance roared in support for President Trump when he first took to the field and several more times as the game cameras would occasionally pan to the box where he and Melania were sitting.
First coming out of the locker room areas, Trump set his presidential heels to the astroturf field to chants of “USA, USA, USA.” The thunderous applause continued. At which, Trump paused and thanked the crowd for their patriotism.
Chants of "U-S-A, U-S-A" could also be heard. pic.twitter.com/XasbyukoRB
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 14, 2020
Then those cheering tuned their support in favor of the president.
“Four more years!” they hailed, a clear reference to President Trump’s re-election campaign this year.
Mostly cheers for President Trump tonight at national championship with some boos. Loud chants of “USA” broke out as he walked across field. pic.twitter.com/WGOhalclpQ
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) January 14, 2020