LSU coaching search: 6 primary candidates identified by CFB insider
It didn’t take long for some possible candidates to come up shortly after news leaked that LSU and Ed Orgeron had agreed to a separation.
Bruce Feldman of The Athletic and Fox Sports released 6 names of coaches that he believes will be in contention via a tweet on Sunday.
Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher is listed as a candidate despite some struggles early this season. However, Fisher and the Aggies did beat Alabama in Week 6 so that surely helps his standing. Fisher also coached at LSU under Saban.
Michigan State coach Mel Tucker was also listed as a candidate. He has vast SEC ties with coaching stops at LSU, Georgia and Alabama. He also has coached several seasons in the NFL, which is often a selling point in recruiting.
James Franklin figures to be a candidate for many coaching jobs including LSU’s. In his eighth season at Penn State, the Nittany Lions are 5-1 after a 23-20 loss to Iowa in Week 6.
Oregon coach Mario Cristobal is 5-1 this season in his 4th full season for the Ducks. He also knows the SEC after spending 4 seasons at Alabama.
Kentucky’s Mark Stoops is another coach that will continue to emerge as a candidate for vacant jobs. Stoops has made the Wildcats relevant nationally. They are 6-1 and No. 15 in the nation even after a 30-13 loss to No. 1 Georgia on Saturday.
As usual, Lane Kiffin is the wildcard. The Ole Miss coach has his Rebels at No. 12 in the nation with a 5-1 record. This is only Kiffin’s second season at Ole Miss but he’s left an SEC job quicker than that. Kiffin left Tennessee for Southern California after just one season with the Vols.
Orgeron fell from grace quickly. The Tigers were 15-0 and won a national championship in 2019.
Ed Orgeron is out at the end of this season. AD Scott Woodward wants his own guy in as head coach. Here’s what I’m hearing about how the LSU coaching search is shaping up: https://t.co/LSGZHpGjYY
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) October 17, 2021