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Ed Orgeron had amazing reaction to receiving $17 million buyout from LSU

Ed Orgeron up close

Sep 18, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron looks on against Central Michigan Chippewas during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Ed Orgeron may have felt he deserved more time at LSU, but the coach has no regrets over the way his tenure with the program ended. Of course, there were 17 million reasons for him to leave Baton Rouge with a smile on his face.

Orgeron was a featured guest speaker at the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Tuesday. During his appearance, he reflected on his time at LSU and how he was fired last year. Orgeron said he is “so grateful” for the opportunity LSU gave him. He also recalled how athletic director Scott Woodward, whom Orgeron still considers a close friend, told him he had $17.1 million remaining on his contract and would be paid all of it. Orgeron joked that his response was, “What time do you want me to leave and what door to you want me out of, brother?”

You can see the funny video below, but beware that it contains a curse word:

That is right on brand for Coach O. There were several unflattering reports about Orgeron after LSU made the decision to part ways with him, and many people thought they were leaked by the school to justify the move. Even if Orgeron believes that to be true, there are obviously no hard feelings. His massive buyout had a lot to do with that.

Ed Orgeron makes surprise appearance at 1 school’s spring practice

Ed Orgeron up close

Ed Orgeron made an eyebrow-raising visit to one school’s spring practice, and it likely isn’t a school many would expect.

The former LSU coach was on hand to see Notre Dame practice, and even addressed the team. The Fighting Irish posted a video of the speech, in which Orgeron effusively praised the Notre Dame coaching staff and said the Fighting Irish were “going to win it all.”

Orgeron’s choice of visit is certainly intriguing. After all, the Irish are moving on from Brian Kelly, who jumped to LSU to replace Orgeron. Kelly’s departure from Notre Dame was not amicable, as recent comments he made demonstrate.

As for Orgeron, he took a break from vacation to speak to the Fighting Irish. That makes for some nice PR for Notre Dame, if nothing else.

Photo: Sep 18, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron looks on against Central Michigan Chippewas during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Video of Coach O giving deathstare goes viral

Ed Orgeron up close

Ed Orgeron is not to be messed with. In case you didn’t already know that, a video that went viral this weekend reminded us.

Orgeron was apparently spotted having some fun at popular Spring Break destination Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. The video began by showing someone doing something goofy in the background while the other person recorded video of Coach O hanging out shirtless.

It gets better from there.

The next video showed Orgeron giving the guys a total deathstare.

If looks could kill, those guys would be six feet under. Yikes.

Coach O was forced out by LSU last season despite leading the Tigers to a 15-0 season and national championship two seasons earlier. The 60-year-old doesn’t mind mixing it up with fans, but these guys seemed to be up to some no good, so Coach O set them straight.

Photo: Sep 18, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron looks on against Central Michigan Chippewas during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Ed Orgeron shares his crazy Adrian Peterson recruiting story

Ed Orgeron in a white LSU shirt

Ed Orgeron has always been known for being an amazing recruiter, and Adrian Peterson once experienced first-hand just how far the coach is willing to go in an attempt to land a star player.

During a recent appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show,” Orgeron was asked if there is a recruit who really broke his heart during his coaching career. He said Peterson without hesitation. Orgeron then proceeded to tell the story of how he tried to arrange for a prison transfer for Peterson’s father, who was incarcerated at the time.

Peterson’s father was arrested for money laundering in a drug ring when the running back was 13. Orgeron, who was an assistant under Pete Carroll at USC, said he recruited Peterson in the early-2000s and asked him what it would take to get him to commit to the Trojans. Peterson said a big factor in his decision was that his dad would be able to watch his games in the prison where he was incarcerated if he attended Oklahoma.

“I tried to get the guy transferred to Los Angeles,” Orgeron said. “I competed. Couldn’t get it done, but I competed.”

Peterson eventually committed to the Sooners.

There clearly wasn’t a whole lot Orgeron could have done to change Peterson’s mind. We know the former LSU coach was “sick” over missing out on another star running back more recently, but the Peterson situation was out of his control. There’s doing everything you can to land a recruit, and then there’s trying to arrange for a prison transfer. That is the definition of pulling out all the stops.

Photo: Sep 18, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron looks on against Central Michigan Chippewas during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Ed Orgeron has 1 big worry for Joe Burrow in Super Bowl

Ed Orgeron in a white LSU shirt

Former LSU coach Ed Orgeron is unsurprisingly pulling for Joe Burrow in the Super Bowl. There is one factor, however, that has Orgeron a little bit worried.

Orgeron won a national championship with Burrow at LSU, and thinks his former quarterback can repeat the feat for the Cincinnati Bengals in the Super Bowl. Orgeron noted he’s always pulling for Burrow, but said things could go very poorly if the Bengals don’t contain Rams defensive linemen Aaron Donald and Von Miller.

“I go to bed thinking, ‘How we gonna block 99 and 40? I’m still trying to figure it out,” Orgeron told NFL Network. “I’m not coaching anymore. That’s for them to figure out.”

Bengals coach Zac Taylor is probably having the exact same problem. If Burrow can’t stay on his feet, he won’t be able to make the plays the Bengals will need him to make in order to beat the Rams.

Still, Burrow will appreciate Orgeron’s level of belief. The Cincinnati quarterback has been a firm supporter of his former coach, even when things wound up going against Orgeron at LSU. That level of support clearly goes both ways.

Photo: Sep 18, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron looks on against Central Michigan Chippewas during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Ed Orgeron shares the 1 coaching job he will not take

Ed Orgeron in a white LSU shirt

Ed Orgeron has made numerous stops during his coaching career, but there is one job he says he won’t be taking.

Orgeron coached LSU from 2016-2021. He took over on an interim basis in 2016 and then kept the job thereafter, culminating in a 15-0 season and national championship in 2019. Incredibly, putting together arguably the greatest season ever in college football wasn’t enough for LSU, which fired him a season and a half later.

Though Orgeron would like to coach again, he says it will never be on Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama.

Orgeron was on WGNO radio in New Orleans. A fan called in and told Orgeron about a big fear that Coach O one day would become Saban’s defensive coordinator and recruit against LSU.

“It will never happen. Never happen,” Orgeron said. “That will never happen with Ed Orgeron. I promise you.”

Many accomplished coaches who were down on their luck ended up taking jobs on Saban’s staff. Steve Sarkisian, Lane Kiffin, Doug Marrone and Bill O’Brien are among the coaches who have done so.

Orgeron on Saban’s staff would certainly help his image, but Coach O says he wouldn’t do it. It would be hard to go work for a guy who you took on and beat on the field, and cursed about.

Photo: Sep 18, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron looks on against Central Michigan Chippewas during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Ed Orgeron threw his coaches under the bus over playcalling

Ed Orgeron in a white LSU shirt

Ed Orgeron is certainly going out with remarkable candor in his final weeks as LSU head coach.

On Monday, Orgeron sounded off on how he and his coaching staff had evaluated the Tigers during the team’s bye week. Orgeron responded to the fairly basic question by throwing his staff under the bus, essentially saying both the offense and defense were too predictable and struggled to make adjustments.

“We’re too predictable by formations. We’re too predictable by first down,” Orgeron said. “We are very, very predictable on defense. We need to have more of a variety on first down, because we give them the same looks over and over again, and there’s just not much disguise. What we line up in, we are in.

“At this point of the season, you just can’t put a bunch of new stuff in, but we put in a couple of wrinkles to make it tough. The biggest part for us on defense is adjusting. We have not been in the right adjustments. We have not been in the right position, according to some formations.”

Ouch. Orgeron didn’t name names, but this isn’t a ringing endorsement of either offensive coordinator Jake Peetz or defensive coordinator Daronte Jones.

Orgeron’s choice of coordinators has been a major factor in LSU’s decline. He’s made some rather startling admissions about his previous hires as well. The candor is appreciated, but at a certain point, it kind of looks like Orgeron is making excuses and throwing others under the bus to deflect criticism.

Photo: Sep 18, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron looks on against Central Michigan Chippewas during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ed Orgeron hit on pregnant wife of LSU official

Ed Orgeron during a game

A flurry of negative information has come out about Ed Orgeron since news surfaced on Sunday that he will not return as the head coach at LSU next season. One of the allegations against Orgeron claims he made a pass at a woman who turned out to be the wife of the LSU official.

Brody Miller of The Athletic published a lengthy story about Orgeron that details how the coach supposedly lost his way after LSU won the national championship in 2019. One incident that created problems for Orgeron was when he allegedly pulled up next to a woman who was wearing exercise attire at a gas station and said, “Hey, you look like you work out. We could work out together.”

The woman, according to Miller’s sources, informed Orgeron that she was married and pregnant. Orgeron supposedly was not deterred and replied, “Why does that matter?”

While it doesn’t sound like Orgeron knew who the woman was, Miller said she was the wife of a high-ranking LSU official. The higher-ups at the school were not pleased with Orgeron over the exchange.

Another story claimed Orgeron had “girlfriends” at LSU practice on multiple occasions and that the presence of the women interfered with the team.

Whether the leaks are true or not, the timing is hardly a coincidence. LSU leadership likely feels the need to justify parting ways with Orgeron two seasons after he led the Tigers to a national title. When the team was winning, no one seemed to care about Orgeron’s alleged inappropriate behavior.

Orgeron, 60, filed for divorce from his wife in April 2020. The two were married for 23 years but had been living apart for a few months before the divorce filing.

Coach O is set to receive a massive buyout from LSU amid the news.

LSU is 4-3 this season after going 5-5 last year, the season following their incredible national championship run in 2019. Orgeron has also faced questions relating to a Title IX matter.

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

Ed Orgeron accused of having ‘girlfriends’ interfering at LSU practices

Ed Orgeron in a white LSU shirt

LSU announced on Sunday that they surprisingly are parting ways with Ed Orgeron after the season.

Orgeron is a pretty well-liked figure who had success at LSU. So now we have hit the part in our programming where LSU has to leak negative information about the subject in an effort to try justifying the move.

One story about LSU parting ways with Orgeron said the head coach was losing his way character-wise. The Athletic’s Brody Miller reported that Orgeron was accused of hitting on the pregnant wife of an LSU official at a gas station. News of that story made its way around LSU leadership, including the athletic director.

WBRZ’s Matt Trent also reported Sunday that Orgeron had “girlfriends” at LSU practice. The presence of these women reportedly interfered with matters.

The gist of the leaks is that Orgeron lost his focus and priorities after winning the national championship in the 2019 season. The reality is that this sort of stuff tends to be overlooked when the team is winning, but becomes a problem when they’re not.

Orgeron, 60, filed for divorce from his wife in April 2020. The two were married for 23 years but had been living apart for a few months before the divorce filing.

Coach O is set to receive a massive buyout from LSU amid the news.

LSU is 4-3 this season after going 5-5 last year, the season following their incredible national championship run in 2019. Orgeron has also faced questions relating to a Title IX matter.

Photo: Sep 18, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron looks on against Central Michigan Chippewas during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Burrow shades LSU over Ed Orgeron firing

Joe Burrow

Most LSU fans will likely accept that it was time for the school to move on from coach Ed Orgeron. Joe Burrow, however, is not one of them.

Burrow was clearly disappointed with the announcement that Orgeron and LSU will part ways at the end of the season. Burrow and Orgeron won a championship together two years ago. Orgeron had entrusted the team to Burrow, then a transfer from Ohio State, and Burrow went on to win the Heisman Trophy in 2019.

Burrow admitted that he and Orgeron have a special relationship, and that the quarterback feels indebted to his college coach. He also seemed to throw a bit of shade at LSU, pointing out how unprecedented it was to move on from a coach just two years after a national title.

“That’s disappointing to me because he’s really a man that gave me an opportunity when nobody else really was. I wouldn’t be here without Coach O. I’m forever indebted to him as a person and as a player,” Burrow said. “They haven’t been winning as many games as I know they would like, but we did just win a national championship two years ago, so that’s disappointing.

“I love Coach O and everyone over there, so I hope he’s able to find a place where he feels like he’s welcomed.”

There have been rumors that Orgeron didn’t have the players and coaches behind him, which contributed to his impending exit. Burrow hasn’t been at LSU since 2019, so the environment has likely changed from the one he remembers. That said, Burrow and Orgeron clearly have a very unique relationship. It’s tough to blame Burrow for being so disappointed that his college coach is out.