Sep 11, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA;  LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron looks on against McNeese State Cowboys during the second half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

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LSU to pay Ed Orgeron a $16.9M buyout

LSU and coach Ed Orgeron agreed to $16.9 million buyout for him to leave the football program after the 2021 season.

Sunday night, LSU announced the separation agreement, which will be paid to Orgeron, 60, over 18 installments. He is being terminated “without cause.” He is expected to finish out the season. LSU has five games remaining.

The first payment will be $5 million and paid in December, with installments for the balance paid through 2025.

Orgeron also is banned from accepting another head coaching post in the Southeastern Conference over the next 18 months.

Orgeron was under contract with LSU through the end of the 2025 season. The six-year contract extension he signed after LSU won the national championship in 2019 was to pay him about $42 million.

Athletic director Scott Woodward said Sunday night that it was time for a change in leadership.

“We have very high standards for all of our sports programs at LSU, and we will stand proudly behind our expectations of competing for SEC and national championships year in and year out,” Woodward said. “Our last two seasons have simply not met that standard, and based on our on-field results and our evaluation of the potential for future immediate success, it is time for a new direction.”

LSU is 9-8 since winning the College Football Playoff less than two years ago. Quarterback Joe Burrow, who won the Heisman Trophy that season, led the Tigers to an undefeated season.

“I have always understood the expectations at LSU, and they are the same expectations I have for myself and our staff,” said Orgeron, a Louisiana native. “I am disappointed that we have not met these expectations over the past two years. Thank you to the entire LSU family for the opportunity to coach one of the greatest college football teams of all-time. I’ll continue to fight, as will our team, throughout the rest of the season.”

Orgeron has led the Tigers since September 2016, when he was named interim head coach following the firing of Les Miles. He has named to the permanent position two months later. His record with the Tigers in 49-17. He previously was the head coach at Ole Miss and the interim coach at Southern California following the departure of Lane Kiffin in 2013.

As of Sunday, LSU had the No. 9 overall recruiting class in 2022, per the 247Sports composite. The class includes two five-star Louisiana players: quarterback Walker Howard, the top-ranked quarterback in the nation, and 6-foot-6 tackle Will Campbell. The composite lists both as Top 25 overall players.

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