Report: Two "strong candidates" have emerged for LSU job
The wait to see who will become the next full-time head coach at LSU could soon be coming to an end for Tiger fans, as the school appears to have narrowed its field of coaches down to two – Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher and current interim head coach Ed Orgeron.
While Orgeron keeping the job may have seemed like a pipe dream just weeks ago, the Tigers have been a revelation of sorts under the interim coach, setting one offensive record after another and the defense, already among the nation’s finest, getting better since the Sept. 24 loss at Auburn.
According to James Smith of NOLA.com, citing sources, LSU will make a play for Fisher with money being no object in pursuit of the FSU coach:
Multiple coaches who have worked for, or with, Fisher said it’s highly likely he would take the job if LSU meets his salary demands and gives him a long-term deal. Fisher signed a new contract with Florida State last year that will pay him up to $44 million through 2022.
“Jimbo was Joe (Alleva’s) guy from the beginning, and I just don’t see him passing on hiring him,” a source close to the situation said, referencing the AD’s pursuit of Fisher last fall when Miles was first under fire.
If Fisher were to pass on the LSU job, the fan favorite Coach O would likely be next in line for the job – if he were to make a change at offensive coordinator – according to Smith.
Orgeron has publicly stated his desire to run the offense Pete Carroll successfully ran while the two coached at USC, which has led many to believe Lane Kiffin would be an attractive candidate to leave Alabama for LSU. However, with Kiffin likely to land his own head coaching job this offseason, Orgeron would be wise to consider another former USC head coach that currently works in Tuscaloosa – Steve Sarkisian.
Either way, it looks like LSU has currently narrowed its choices down to two for the time being.