Ed Orgeron won’t return as LSU Tigers football coach next season, sources say – .

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Ed Orgeron won’t return as LSU Tigers football coach next season, sources say – .


Ed Orgeron and LSU football have reached an agreement that he will not return as coach of the Tigers next season, sources have told ESPN, confirming a Sports Illustrated report.
He is expected to complete the remainder of the 2021 season as the team’s coach.

LSU assistant coaches had not been informed of the separation deal early Sunday afternoon, sources told ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg.

Orgeron is one of the highest paid coaches in the FBS, behind Nick Saban of Alabama and Jimbo Fisher of Texas A&M, with an annual salary of around $ 9 million. Under the six-year contract he signed in January 2020, the school owes him a buyout of more than $ 17 million.

Orgeron had faced growing criticism after LSU’s 3-3 start that included a 38-27 loss to UCLA in the first game of the season and consecutive losses to Auburn and Kentucky. The Tigers then beat-No. 20 Florida 49-42 Saturday to go 4-3 as their failing defense hit four interceptions and ball carrier Tyrion Davis-Price rushed for a school record of 287 yards and three touchdowns.

Orgeron’s impending departure comes less than two years after leading the Tigers to a 15-0 record and a national championship in 2019. He is 49-17 over six seasons with LSU.

LSU will next play at No. 13 in Mississippi on October 23.

ESPN’s Mark Schlabach contributed to this report.

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