USA TODAY Sports head coach database lists Ed Orgeron’s buyout number

It is hard to ignore the elephant in the room. With so much discussion around the LSU Tigers football program and the status of head coach Ed Orgeron, many have speculated. What is the number that it will cost to buy out the contract if athletic director Scott Woodward decides to move on? We now have a better idea.

According to the head coach salary database released by USA TODAY Sports on Thursday has his buyout at $17.15 million. Still, a higher amount than one would think would be under consideration. However, with the ongoing Title IX lawsuits and off-the-field issues at LSU, the number could be negotiated down once lawyers get involved. The buyout number is as of Dec. 1, 2021.

This year Ed Orgeron has the third-highest salary at roughly $8.4 million, that number reduced due to the pandemic. Only David Shaw of Stanford and Nick Saban had a higher number. Neither of which saw a reduction. In terms of the full amount of Orgeron’s contract, he is the second-highest paid head coach in the country.

That number is a bit high, but given the situation going on down on the Bayou and which way the program is trending, would that be enough to deter the Tigers leadership? It is highly doubtful but another layer to monitor moving forward.


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