Ed Orgeron will not return as LSU head coach in 2022 after separation agreement

Ed Orgeron will not return as LSU head coach in 2022 after separation agreement

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LSU and head football coach Ed Orgeron have reached a separation agreement, which means Orgeron will not be back with the team in 2022.

This is not surprising because Ross Dellanger from Illustrated sports previously reported, Orgeron was due to finish the 2021 season as LSU head coach before moving on.

Regarding the decision, a source said Pierre Thamel from Yahoo Sports: “It’s one of those things where no one wanted to be there anymore. The players didn’t want to play for him, the coaches didn’t want to train for him. “

LSU upset the then-No. 20 Florida Gators 49-42 on Saturday, but Dellenger reported that separation talks between LSU and Coach O began last week.

Through Bruce Feldman of The Athletic, LSU plans to pay Orgeron the full buyout amount of his contract, which exceeds $ 17 million.

The Tigers are just 4-3 this season despite Saturday’s win, and they are just 9-8 since the 2020 season after going 5-5 last year.

Yet Orgeron’s tenure at LSU has come to a shocking and abrupt end considering what the team accomplished just two seasons ago.

With quarterback Joe Burrow in the lead, LSU got a perfect 15-0 record in 2019 and beat Clemson 42-25 in the college football playoff national championship game.

It marked LSU’s first national title since 2007 and put an exclamation mark on one of the most impressive seasons in college football history.

LSU’s stacked offense consisted of Burrow, running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and wide receivers Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson that season. In total, LSU scored 726 points, which is the highest by any team in a single season in the FBS era.

Under Orgeron’s tutelage and passing play coordinator Joe Brady, Burrow threw a record 60 touchdown passes and won the Heisman Trophy by the widest margin on record.

LSU lost a lot of team 2019 talent going into 2020, however, as Burrow, Jefferson and Edwards-Helaire all entered the NFL Draft, as did several key defensive players such as K’Lavon Chaisson, Patrick. Queen, Grant Delpit and Kristian Fulton.

Additionally, Chase retired from the 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and fellow star receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. retired after seven games.

LSU has shown a few flashes of brilliance over the past two seasons, especially on the offensive side of the ball, but the Tigers are nowhere near what they did in 2019.

Orgeron, 60, was born in Larose, Louisiana, and spent a season at LSU as a defensive lineman. He finally found his way back to LSU in 2015 as a defensive line coach.

Orgeron took over as interim head coach in 2016 following Les Miles’ sacking and got the full-time job.

In six seasons as LSU head coach, Orgeron is 49-17 with a national title to his name.

Given this and the fact that he also has head coaching experience at Ole Miss and USC, Orgeron should be able to find another head coaching job at the college level if he does. wish.


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