Ed Orgeron after LSU beat Auburn. Sep 15, 2018; Auburn, AL, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron celebrates with players and his wife Kelly, after defeating the Auburn Tigers 22-21 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Julie Bennett-USA TODAY Sports

No. 12 LSU’s 22-21 road upset of No. 7 Auburn Saturday saw some zaniness erupting on the media side. First, during the game, there was the case of the Auburn fan getting kicked out of the game for yelling into a crowd mic, somehow coming back for more, and trying to invade the LSU radio booth after the game. LSU broadcasters Chris Blair and Patrick Wright told that story on Twitter afterwards:

That’s fantastic. But it wasn’t the end of the stories after that game, not by a long shot. AL.com (the website associated with The Birmingham News and other Advance Publications papers throughout the state), started the next one, running a story about LSU coach Ed Orgeron and players shouting obscenities in the locker room after the game (really, we should all be shocked, shocked that there was cursing going on in a locker room after a win) and claiming that those were directed at Auburn. After massive social media backlash, including from former LSU player Jacob Hester (who was in that room), they deleted the initial tweet and added a correction to the story. The first tweet has been preserved in a manual retweet, though:

And a similar one is still up (and heavily ratioed) on the @ALdotcomsports account:


Here are a few of the responses they got:

Here’s the video clip in question (obvious language warning):

Meanwhile, the AL.com story now carries a “Update: This post was updated to reflect tweets, stating Ed Orgeron’s comments were not directed at Auburn.” note at the start. But it got a whole lot of attention before that, and unsurprisingly spread to other sites. It’s pretty amazing that one game managed to create two nutty media stories, though, from the Auburn fan’s run-in with the LSU radio booth to the reporting on Orgeron’s post-game comments. Perhaps in the SEC, it does, in fact, just mean more.

About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.