With Mel Tucker reportedly staying put in East Lansing and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher repeatedly and publicly rebuking any LSU talk, the Tigers’ coaching search is in an interesting spot.

According to a new report, LSU is looking at another SEC name: Mark Stoops.

Kentucky Sports Radio’s Matt Jones reported Friday that Stoops had been contacted by a 3rd party about the head coaching vacancy in Baton Rouge.

“I think there are—and I speak about this not with complete knowledge but some knowledge—there are probably 7 jobs or less that I think Mark Stoops would seriously consider leaving (Kentucky) for. I think LSU is one of those 7.”

Jones added that LSU is also considering Alabama offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien and that he might be preferred over Stoops, but “if LSU were to decide Stoops was their guy, it will be worth sweating about.”

Stoops has carved out a nice career for himself in Lexington. He’s been with the program since 2013 and gone from a 2-10 squad in his first season to a 10-win squad in 2018. The Wildcats currently sit at 7-3 on the year and 2nd in the SEC East.

They play New Mexico State Saturday at noon ET before closing out the regular season on the road against Louisville on Nov. 27.

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