One of the biggest headlines in college football these last few weeks has been would Ed Orgeron be back as the head coach of the LSU Tigers next season. That question got answered today.
Earlier this morning Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated reported that Orgeron and LSU had mutually agreed to part ways at the end of this season. That report was then confirmed by ESPN this afternoon.
There are some very negative stories about Orgeron starting to come out that help explain why LSU still wanted to move on, despite Saturday’s big win over a top-25 Florida Gators team, which you can read more about from Brody Miller at The Athletic.
“He lost track of who he was and what made him good from the national championship to now,” one source told The Athletic.
Orgeron is the third-highest paid coach in all of college football, as he signed a six-year contract extension in January 2020 that agreed to pay him about $9 million a year. With that contract comes a buyout of a little more than $17 million.
This move comes two years removed from his 15-0 national championship team, as he wasn’t able to find his footing after Joe Brady and Joe Burrow left for the NFL that offseason. In six seasons in Baton Rouge, he holds a record of 49-17.
Expect some big-time names to get tossed around for this position, as the Tigers will furiously try to get back to being one of the more dominant programs and brands in the sport.