Ed Orgeron spoke at the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Tuesday and opened up about his exit from the school after the 2021 season.
After six seasons with the Tigers, including the 2019 national title, it was announced last October that Coach O would not return to the team after the season. LSU ended up finishing last in the SEC West standings with a 6–7 record.
“I’m so grateful of my time for LSU. That was my opportunity. Coaches gotta shelf… some coaches got 50 years, some coaches got 12. Mine was six. Good. I gotta tell ya… we had a meeting. Said, ‘Coach, things are not going well.’ ‘No s—, you could say that brother.’ And they were good. Scott Woodward is a friend of mine, today. Really, really have a lot of respect for the way they handled me.”
Orgeron and LSU agreed to part ways in 2021, granting the National Championship winning coach a $17.1 million buyout. As it turns out, Orgeron was just fine with that.
“They said, ‘Coach, you’ve got $17.1 million on your contract,” Orgeron said. “We’re gonna give it to you.’ I said, ‘What time do you want me to leave and what door do you want me out of, brother?’”
Coach O did lead the Tigers to a National Championship and walked away with a ton of cash.
LSU hired Brian Kelly to be its head coach November of 2021.