LSU coaching search: Tigers reportedly targeting big-name coach for job
With Mel Tucker and James Franklin staying put in the Big Ten, Lincoln Riley off to the West Coast, and Jimbo Fisher repeatedly rebuking Tiger talk, LSU has reportedly set its sights on another major name.
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly appears to be in play.
According to The Athletic, the Tigers and Athletic Director Scott Woodward are making an “aggressive push” to try and pry Kelly away from the Fighting Irish.
Per The Athletic’s LSU writer, Brody Miller, “LSU reached out to Kelly very early in the search but after some thinking Kelly told LSU no. Now, after the Riley situation, LSU’s push continues.” Kelly wrapped his 12th season with the program on Saturday with a 45-14 win over Stanford to end the regular-season 11-1. The Irish are in the thick of the College Football Playoff hunt and Kelly is the 3rd-winningest coach among active FBS coaches, behind just Nick Saban and Mack Brown.
Notre Dame writer Pete Sampson added the following to The Athletic’s reporting:
“Brian Kelly leaving for LSU would be a shock move for a coach finishing his 12th season at Notre Dame after finally getting the job almost exactly how he wants it. However, sources have told The Athletic that Kelly believes Notre Dame can do more in facilities and mental performance, which would include brick and mortar upgrades to the Guglielmino Center. It’s not clear the Notre Dame administration would back such investment, at least immediately.
“LSU’s interest in Kelly has Notre Dame’s attention enough that those close to the head coach are sounding out his intentions. There’s a belief that he wants to remain at Notre Dame.”
Woodward has been heavily linked to big names all throughout the LSU coaching search, and Kelly is the latest.