Report: Charlie Strong 'at or near the top' of LSU's wish list if available
A source close to Benjamin Allbright has confirmed that if available at season’s end, Texas coach Charlie Strong would be “at or near the top” of LSU’s short list.
Connected source tells me if Charlie Strong were available, he would be "at or near the top" of LSU's HC search short list.
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) October 19, 2016
Though he may not be the right fit for Texas, Strong would be an enticing candidate for the vacant LSU job. Strong has a firm grip on recruiting in Florida (particularly Miami) and now in the state of Texas. He was a highly successful defensive coordinator with the Florida Gators (2005-09) and rebuilt Louisville (2010-13) into a national contender in just a few short years.
With a 14-17 (10-11 Big 12) record and a 3-3 start to his third season with the Longhorns, the pressure is extreme and Allbright reports that it’s unlikely he’ll be retained for 2017, barring an unprecedented turnaround with the remaining schedule. (In other words, he’d probably have to win out or very close to it.)
LSU has won its first two games under interim coach Ed Orgeron, who has been vocal about his interest in becoming the Tigers’ full-time coach, but those two wins have come against Missouri (2-4) and Southern Miss (4-3).