Ed Orgeron’s job as LSU football‘s head coach could be in serious jeopardy after an ongoing Title IX lawsuit was updated.
LSU is in the middle of a Title IX lawsuit that was filed by seven current and former students in April.
The lawsuit focuses on LSU’s alleged mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations.
On Friday, Orgeron was directly named as a defendant in the case.
What’s next for LSU Football and Ed Orgeron?
The Advocate reported on Friday that an amended complaint to the lawsuit by three additional plaintiffs names “O” The Rosy Finch Boyz LLC as a defendant in the case.
LSU’s contract with Orgeron is actually with “O” The Rosy Finch Boyz LLC. The LLC was incorporated in early January 2017 after Orgeron was hired as the permanent head coach at LSU.
Here’s the key part of the lawsuit that involves Orgeron.
From The Advocate:
"When Robertson later told her boyfriend, an LSU football recruit, about the sexual assault, her boyfriend approached Orgeron about it, the lawsuit says. The boyfriend is not named in the court filings.“Orgeron responded by telling Robertson’s boyfriend to not be upset because ‘everybody’s girlfriend sleeps with other people,'” the lawsuit says."
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this allegation. This was initially reported by USA Today last August.
According to The Advocate, the updated lawsuit says Orgeron “failed to report the rape allegation to LSU’s Title IX Office or any other entity”.
We’ll obviously have to see how this lawsuit plays out in the legal system. But these are serious allegations that could absolutely impact Orgeron’s status as LSU’s head coach.
Tennessee went through a similar lawsuit in 2016, but the program’s head coach at the time — Butch Jones — wasn’t named as a defendant in the case (though he was directly mentioned many times in the lawsuit for his mishandling of sexual assault complaints).
UT ended up settling the case in July 2016, agreeing to pay the plaintiffs in the case $2.48 million.
Jones kept his job through the lawsuit (he was later fired after winning only four games in 2017).
It’s impossible to say at this point what will happen with Orgeron. Each lawsuit is unique. And it’s unfair to speculate what the outcome of this lawsuit will be.
But I think it’s fair to suggest that Orgeron’s job at LSU could be in legitimate danger.