Ed Orgeron, LSU Agree to Part Ways Following Season
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Ed Orgeron lived to fight another day as LSU’s head coach with an upset win over a ranked team Saturday. However, those days are numbered.
He and the program reached a mutual separation agreement that will keep the head coach at his post through the season. After that, he won’t return.
Orgeron’s 38-27 record against the spread (58.5%) in SEC play is the second-best clip during his tenure, behind only Nick Saban.
Orgeron took over as head coach in 2016. His 2019 squad won the national title behind a nation-leading 76.9% win rate against the spread (10-3-2).
However, it’s been seemingly downhill since.
The Tigers followed up their championship season with a 5-5 clip in 2020. The low lights piled up at a torrid pace, including an outright loss to Mississippi State in the opener as a 14.5-point favorite and players opting out throughout the campaign.
LSU started the 2021 season just 2-4 against the spread, with an upset loss to Auburn and subsequent blowout to Kentucky.
Many thought Orgeron was poised for the pink slip with a loss to Florida on Saturday as a double-digit favorite; instead, LSU — despite being down its No. 1 wide receiver and multiple starters on defense — rallied for a 49-42 victory.
It was the second straight signature win for the program over Florida, a year after beating the Gators as a 24-point ‘dog.
The Tigers have a brutal stretch coming up, including upcoming back-to-back road games against Ole Miss and Alabama, as well as a season finale at Texas A&M.