Despite there being a huge matchup on Saturday with the Ole Miss Rebels, everything coming out of Baton Rouge revolves around the head coach search. On Sunday evening current LSU athletic director Scott Woodward stated it was time to “move in a new direction.”
LSU brass decided to announce a separation agreement with current head coach Ed Orgeron after the conclusion of the 2021 college football season. That means they can begin their search for the fourth head coach of the LSU football program since 2000.
Each of the previous three won a national championship with LSU. Athlon Sports weighed in on the top job openings, we will focus on the Tigers.
What Athlon Sports Says…
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The Tigers have now reset the coaching market ahead of USC. While the two are different jobs, LSU’s roster is in better shape, and its recruiting prospects (something else Orgeron won’t mess with on his way out) are stronger than the Trojans’. Much like Southern Cal, expect James Franklin’s name to surface quickly, as well as Michigan State’s Mel Tucker. Tucker’s resume might look a little thin to the untrained eye, but there’s a very small list of coaches in this industry who would be welcomed back immediately to both Nick Saban’s and Kirby Smart’s staff if the need arose. Tucker’s SEC bonafides are unimpeachable.