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Louisiana lawmakers looking into subpoena for Orgeron, say committee can recommend firing
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Louisiana lawmakers are not happy that LSU football coach Ed Orgeron has chosen not to appear Thursday before the Senate Select Committee on Women and Children to answer questions related to its probe of sexual misconduct over the years by LSU football players.

Orgeron instead testified in a letter to the committee, which was one of the options he was afforded by the committee when it requested his testimony last week.

"So we are looking into a subpoena for Coach Orgeron," state representative Aimee Freeman of New Orleans said Wednesday. "All options are on the table. As far as I'm concerned, part of Coach Orgeron's salary comes from state taxpayers, so the fact that he cannot sit in front of a committee investigating his program is wrong."

Orgeron is the highest paid state employee in Louisiana at $6 million a year since early 2020 after winning the 2019-20 national championship. The Tiger Athletic Foundation, the fund raising arm of the LSU athletic department, contributes to that salary with $400,000 a year.

"The committee decided to invite Coach Orgeron and other LSU officials first with the option of writing a statement to see what happens," Freeman said. "We haven't subpoenaed him yet. We're looking into that."

Freeman was also critical of LSU deputy athletic director Verge Ausberry, who has told the committee he is out of town and has not yet sent a letter of testimony.

"I can't understand why these public employees of the state are choosing not to testify," said Freeman, who is not on the select committee but has attended its previous hearings.

At a hearing on March 26, Superdome security employee Gloria Scott, 74, testified about former LSU running back Derrius Guice sexually harassing and propositioning her at a high school football playoff game on Dec. 9, 2017. She said Orgeron lied when he said he did not speak to her on the phone about it at the time.

Guice was cut by the Washington Football Team in August after being charged with domestic abuse of his girlfriend. While a freshman at LSU in 2016, he was accused of rape by two female LSU students. Guice was at the heart of the Husch Blackwell investigation of LSU's mishandling of sexual allegations against Guice and former player Drake Davis that was released on March 6 and led to brief suspensions of associate athletic director Miriam Segar and Ausberry.

Both have completed their suspensions.

Segar has sent a letter to the committee and will also not appear at the hearing, nor will athletic director Scott Woodward, who has also sent a letter to the committee. Among those still expected to attend the hearing are LSU Board of Supervisors executive director Jason Droddy, board member James Williams, former board member Ronnie Anderson, former board attorney Tom Skinner, Title IX coordinator Jennie Stewart and attorney Vicki Crochet, who has represented LSU.

Orgeron and others were going to be asked more about Guice at the hearing, according to Louisiana Senator Regina Barrow, who is the head of the select committee.

"While I appreciate receiving the statement, the coach's decision not to appear before the committee is troubling," Barrow said. "These hearings are so important to the young women and to Ms. Scott, who have been sexually assaulted, abused and/or raped because they allow for a dialogue to take place and for questions to be answered."

Orgeron was asked why he chose not to attend the hearing during a teleconference on Tuesday.

"I made my release this morning," he said, referring to his letter. "Said what I had to say, and I'm going to leave it at that."

Asked if anyone at LSU told him to attend or not to attend, Orgeron said, "Again, I made my statement. You can read it, and that's it."

Barrow criticized Orgeron's statement.

"The coach's statement does nothing to speak directly to the actions that occurred or to which action he took after he learned of the allegations," she said. "In fact, his statement seeks to discredit Ms. Scott's testimony by drawing unfounded parallels between Ms. Scott and others. Coach Orgeron and all those involved in this matter owe it to those ladies to stop with this dismissive behavior and to own up to what occurred."

Freeman said the committee can recommend LSU coaches or officials involved be fired.

"From the reports on Verge Ausberry in the Sharon Lewis lawsuit, it is clear to me that he shouldn't be working with students," she said.

Lewis, LSU's associate athletic director of football recruiting, is suing LSU, claiming years of harassment and retaliation after blowing the whistle on former coach Les Miles.

Lewis is expected at the hearing Thursday.

"The committee will continue to focus on uncovering the truth and finding those responsible for these acts, which is well within this committee's oversight boundaries and purpose for which it was formed," Barrow said.

Lafayette Daily Advertiser (via USA Today)


texag7
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re: Louisiana lawmakers looking into subpoena for Orgeron, say committee can recommend firing
From walking into a natty to fired in two years

Gah dayum


CapstoneGrad06
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re: Louisiana lawmakers looking into subpoena for Orgeron, say committee can recommend firing
It’s called the Chizik timeline.


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re: Louisiana lawmakers looking into subpoena for Orgeron, say committee can recommend firing
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we are looking into
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can recommend

then do it


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re: Louisiana lawmakers looking into subpoena for Orgeron, say committee can recommend firing
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The coach's statement does nothing to speak directly to the actions that occurred or to which action he took after he learned of the allegations

This isn't even remotely true.
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In fact, his statement seeks to discredit Ms. Scott's testimony by drawing unfounded parallels between Ms. Scott and others.

They discredited themselves on their own.


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re: Louisiana lawmakers looking into subpoena for Orgeron, say committee can recommend firing
This committee is a joke.


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BrerTiger
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re: Louisiana lawmakers looking into subpoena for Orgeron, say committee can recommend firing
So Gloria dropped her alleged recordings in a pot of red beans and LSU dropped their actual recording of Ausberry and Segar dealing with an out and out shakedown attempt and they decide they want to double down and force O to come in?

That is quite the smell of desperation.

This is all just an attempt to circumvent the legal process and existing laws on the books.

They are essentially trying to blackmail LSU into testifying in their forum. And maybe they'll succeed in getting them in the room but they won't be getting much more than O and others reading from prepared statements and refusing to any further questions.

This is all political theatre.


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Expect LSU to go from "That stuff was all under Miles!" to "Orgeron in in breach of contract!" at some point this season. They'll have to shift on that when they decide they want to save 20 million in buyout money.
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This is all political theatre.

correct, but in 2021 I'm used to it and expect it


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Freeman said the committee can recommend LSU coaches or officials involved be fired.


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paperwasp
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They discredited themselves on their own.

IMO, the Committee members are pissed because without Orgeron present, they can't as effectively grandstand for the media during this "probe," which I'm sure is what they've intended from the start.


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re: Louisiana lawmakers looking into subpoena for Orgeron, say committee can recommend firing
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It’s called the Chizik timeline.


Don't recall Chizik covering up sexual assault


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He could’ve avoided all of this if he had just been a decent person


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wadewilson
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Don't recall Chizik covering up sexual assault


That's funny, neither has Orgeron.


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This is all political theatre.

We miss Huey. Just not as fun anymore.


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re: Louisiana lawmakers looking into subpoena for Orgeron, say committee can recommend firing
One bit of additional context.

Several legislators are introducing legislation in direct response to the shenanigans at LSU.

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Sam Karlin
@samkarlin
Lawmakers this year are limited to only five non-fiscal bills. That three different lawmakers all filed bills in response to the
@lsu
scandal tells you a lot about the interest among lawmakers #lalege #lagov


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That makes three bills that would require colleges and universities to fire people who fail to report sexual abuse/misconduct. (
@LSU
hasn't fired anyone). They all feature some pretty significant rewrites of the current laws surrounding this stuff. #lalege #lagov


So the Legislature is sending a message in their own way that Segar and Ausberry should've been fired.


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re: Louisiana lawmakers looking into subpoena for Orgeron, say committee can recommend firing
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This is all political theatre


I know it’s fun to point and laugh but this shite is coming to every campus sooner or later.


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