“The bottom line is, we have very high standards for all of our athletic programming at LSU, and we’ll be proud of our competitive expectations for the SEC and the National Championships year after year,” said athletic director Scott Woodward. in a press release. “Our past two seasons simply haven’t met those standards, and based on our results on the pitch and our assessment of the potential for immediate future success, it’s time to take a new direction. “
Although the development comes less than 24 hours after the Tigers upset Florida 49-42 at Tiger Stadium, Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger reports the move has been in the works since last week’s loss to Kentucky. Orgeron is expected to receive all of its $ 17 million buyout, says Bruce Feldman de l’Athletic. This buyout will be paid from December – the first payment is $ 5.68 million – with progress payments until 2025. In addition, the terms of the separation do not allow Orgeron to become head coach of the SEC for the next 18 months. .
Orgeron has led LSU for the past five full seasons after being promoted from his interim coaching position in 2016. Although he built an undefeated LSU squad that won the 2019 national title in one of the most dominant seasons in the history of sport. , the schedule has shrunk considerably since leaving the field after winning the college football playoffs in New Orleans.
LSU is 9-8 (7-6 SEC) since that championship win with a 2-3 record against opponents of Power Five this season. Overall it’s 49-17 (30-14 SEC) since 2016, when Orgeron took over as interim coach after LSU sacked Les Miles four games in the season.
After that 2016 season, the Tigers tried unsuccessfully to hire Jimbo Fisher and Tom Herman. This created momentum behind hiring Orgeron full-time after leading LSU to a 6-2 (4-2 SEC) mark in all eight games he has coached.
“Five years ago I fulfilled a dream of a lifetime and returned to LSU to lead the Tigers to Death Valley,” Orgeron said in a statement released by the program. “… My love for LSU has only grown stronger over the past five years. All I wanted to do when I took on the head coach job in 2016 was build a championship program and make Louisiana state proud. …
“I have always understood LSU’s expectations, and these are the same expectations I have for myself and for our staff. I am disappointed that we have not lived up to these expectations over the past two years. Thank you to the entire LSU family for this opportunity to coach one of the greatest college football teams of all time. I will continue to fight, as will our team, throughout the season. “
As for who could replace Orgeron next season, CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd has you covered with LSU Coach Candidates.
The Tigers were 9-4, 10-3 in Orgeron’s first two full seasons at the helm before everything came together for LSU. Orgeron realized he needed to modernize his offense with quarterback Joe Burrow at the helm, so he hired Joe Brady as his passing coordinator. Combined with the hiring of Dave Aranda as defensive coordinator, LSU reached the first undefeated 15-0 season in college football history in 2019.
It was the highlight.
The following year, Orgeron was named in reports about the LSU administration’s handling of sexual assault allegations against athletes on campus. In particular, they raised questions about Orgeron’s alleged knowledge and response to the allegations against former Tigers running back Derrius Guice.
With a 5-5 season in 2020 – which included a significant defensive regression – and a lack of relationship with sporting director Scott Woodward, who did not hire Orgeron, he was already in the hot seat in 2021.
A summer injury to potential starting quarterback Myles Brennan left LSU with no choice but to start red-shirt rookie Max Johnson at UCLA in Week 1, a game the Tigers lost 38-27 . Wins over McNeese, Central Michigan and Mississippi State in the last three weeks of September helped, but injuries started to pile up. Absences for the game against Florida included wide receiver Kayshon Boutte, cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., defensive lineman Ali Gaye, defensive back Eli Ricks and defensive lineman Glen Logan.
At 4-3, the Tigers have yet to face Ole Miss, Alabama, Arkansas and Texas A&M this season. LSU is unlikely to be favored in any of these games. He must win at least one of these SEC matches, and defeat ULM, to become eligible for the bowl.
It was the end of the heyday of Orgeron’s career. In his first stint as a head coach, the Louisiana native only went 10-25 (3-21 SEC) from 2005 to 2007 at Ole Miss. After spending time with the staff of the New Orleans Saints, he resurfaced in college football with Lane Kiffin in Tennessee in 2009. From there, he followed Kiffin to USC and worked as an interim coach of the USC. Trojans, leading the team to a 6-2 mark in eight games following Kiffin’s sack in 2013.
Orgeron was no longer a coach in 2014 before joining Miles at LSU. At times, his steely Cajun demeanor seemed to make him the perfect fit for one of college football’s most unique cultures. But in the end, his shortcomings as CEO made the flash of fame in 2019 unbearable.
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