UPDATE: 7:25 P.M.
Per Dellenger, LSU will be paying Orgeron his full buyout as they are terminating his contract without cause.
Official: Per term sheet, #LSU is terminating Orgeron’s contract “without cause” & will pay a buyout of $16.949M, as reported earlier.— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) October 17, 2021
Payments to be delivered in 18 installments, starting this December & ending Dec 2025.
1st payment, due in about 2 months, is for $5.68 million
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.
The two are working on a separation, looks like the buyout number will not be the final payout— Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) October 17, 2021
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.
Orgeron is 49-17 at #LSU but is 9-8 since the championship. However, this goes beyond on-field results.— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) October 17, 2021
A strained relationship between coach & administration - rooted in team management & public/private behavior - has warped into an untenable situation, distrust & outbursts.
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.