Multiple media outlets are reporting today that LSU will part ways with head coach Ed Orgeron at the end of the season:

Apparently, this was in the works for quite some time:

And it won’t be cheap as LSU will reportedly pay the soon-to-be ex-head coach the entirety of his $17 million buyout:

So, how did we get here?

Well, The Athletic article above says it was multiple issues, including comments Orgeron made about Donald Trump in 2020 as well as how he handled protests over the death of George Floyd:

There were coordinator hires of coaches Orgeron admits to not fully interviewing and embarrassing interactions with fans. There were viral photos of him in bed with women. There were political comments that fractured the locker room and a poorly handled racial inequality protest. And there was a roster that lacked the leadership of LSU’s 2019 title team. All of this under a new athletic director who didn’t hire Orgeron and had no built-in loyalty to him.

Here’s the segment that reportedly got him in trouble:

The Trump comment was also mentioned as one of the factors in last year’s 5-5 finish:

But The Athletic also mentioned Orgeron’s personal behavior after his divorce. . .

. . .and there was this incident involving the pregnant wife of a “high-ranking LSU official”:

It created messes for him, like the time Orgeron pulled up to a woman at a gas station wearing exercise attire. “Hey, you look like you work out,” he said, according to multiple sources. “We could work out together.” The woman informed Orgeron she was married and pregnant, to which he responded, “Why does that matter?”

That woman was the wife of a high-ranking LSU official. Word of this reached the LSU Board of Supervisors, the collection of prominent Louisiana attorneys and business owners appointed by the governor who make the most important decisions at LSU. And of course, it reached LSU athletic director Scott Woodward.

Yeah, that’s never a good idea.

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