Orgeron will complete the 2021 season with the Tigers. He will receive his entire contract buyout, which is "roughly $16.9 million," per Sports Illustrated's Ross Dellenger. Orgeron led LSU to the national championship in 2019, but the Tigers have struggled of late, posting a 9–8 record since 2020.
"We have very high standards for all our sports programs at LSU, and we will stand proudly behind our expectations of competing for SEC and national championships," Woodward said in a statement Sunday. "Our last two seasons have simply not met those standards."
Orgeron, 60, is 49–17 in his time at LSU, including the national championship victory led by quarterback Joe Burrow. LSU went just 5–5 in last year's pandemic-shortened season, and the Tigers advanced to 4–3 in 2021 on Saturday with a 49–42 win over Florida.
Orgeron drew criticism during his tenure at LSU for failing to properly report allegations of sexual misconduct against players within the Tigers program. He was added as a defendant in a Title IX lawsuit against LSU in June, which alleged that Orgeron knew about and failed to report the alleged rape of a student by former running back Derrius Guice.
Orgeron did not testify after being added as a defendant. He did release a statement, noting Guice's instances of sexual assault and misconduct were "utterly unacceptable."
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