LSU fan starts GoFundMe campaign to buy out Ed Orgeron, and it's hilarious
Orgeron's buyout for Year 1 is a staggering $12 million
The problem for LSU is not that first-year coach Ed Orgeron is 3-2 through the month of September with the most recent loss being an unacceptable upset against Troy. The problem is that Orgeron is 3-2 with a loss to Troy and a . That number drops to $8.5 million in 2018, $6 million in 2019 and $4.5 million in 2020.
It appears some LSU fans are willing to help foot the bill.
A GoFundMe account titled "Save LSU Football" has been created with a goal of $12 million -- the amount of Orgeron's Year 1 buyout. "The AD couldn't do it, so it is up to us," the description says. "Save our program, help our state."
As of Monday morning, the GoFundMe campaign has raised a grand total of $275 toward its lofty goal. The fund's creator, Chad McGehee, has the largest donation of $200. Just a few more donations, and this movement has a shot.
Of course, what's happening in Baton Rouge is no joke to LSU fans. The economics of hiring Orgeron have never made much sense regardless of how anyone personally felt about his qualifications/results as interim coach. Orgeron is one of the lowest-paid coaches in the SEC ($3.5 million) and it's not like others schools, including conference foes, were lining up to hire him away after last season.
The thought of paying Orgeron that much money to not coach at LSU is even more incredible when you add in the some $9 million its paying former coach Les Miles to do the same thing. The business of big-time college football is such that no contract is unbreakable, but that's some job security for Orgeron.
Compare that to a deal made for Tracy Claeys at Minnesota. Claeys, an acting coach for the Golden Gophers while former coach Jerry Kill dealt with seizures epilepsy, signed a three-year deal worth $4.5 million in 2015 when he was promoted to head coach. His buyout at the time of his firing last January was $500,000. (There were assistant buyouts, too, but you get the point.) Minnesota hired P.J. Fleck, with whom they are much happier.
Short of a miraculous turnaround in which Orgeron leads LSU to a SEC title and/or College Football Playoff appearance, the school is stuck with him for the near future. That's a bad place to be.
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