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LSU, Ed Orgeron Reach Separation Agreement

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Coach O will not return in 2022

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UPDATE: 7:25 P.M.

Per Dellenger, LSU will be paying Orgeron his full buyout as they are terminating his contract without cause.

Dellenger also reports that, per the term sheet, Orgeron cannot become an SEC head coach for the next 18 months. He will also be required to appear at least one public even a year for the next four years at the request of LSU.


LSU’s 2021 football season will officially be the last led by head coach Ed Orgeron.

Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger reported just before noon Sunday that LSU and Orgeron have reached a separation agreement. There won’t be an in-season coaching change like many suspected, but there will be a new head coach for the 2022 season.

The other question surrounding Orgeron is the buyout number in his contract. As it stands, LSU would have to pay a $17 million buyout but that does not appear to be the case per Steven Godfrey.

That LSU is moving on from Orgeron isn’t the most shocking news. Since winning the 2019 national championship LSU is 9-8 and prior to yesterday’s win over Florida was the worst 16 game stretch (8-8) by a defending champion since TCU in 1938.

But as Dellenger later tweeted, the middling results on the field aren’t solely to blame for this.

It’s wild that we’re in this situation. Ed Orgeron led LSU to a Fiesta Bowl win in 2018 and then only coached the greatest college football team of all time the next year. Now, less than two years removed from hoisting a national championship, Orgeron’s time at LSU has reached an end.