LSU coaching search update as of Monday, Nov. 21. The Tigers are planning to speed up the process and will make a hard run at Jimbo Fisher.
With the Tigers’ home loss to the Gators, the LSU coaching search is becoming clearer to university officials tasked with securing the next full-time head coach. While interim coach Ed Orgeron is still in the mix, it appears that LSU would like to make a splashy hire with one of the bigger names in the sport, specifically Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher.
Fisher, who was the program’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2000-06, has been the apple of LSU’s eye for quite some. Last year it was reported that LSU had flirted with Fisher. However, Fisher has remained mum on the situation – he briefly addressed the rumors following practice last week – continuing to reiterate that he’s happy where he’s at and has no plans of leaving.
Last week, it was reported that LSU had been in contact with Fisher’s representatives, as well as North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora, another potential option for the Tigers.
“Jimbo was [LSU athletic director] Joe’s guy from the beginning, and I just don’t see him passing on hiring him,” said an unnamed source close to the situation in Baton Rouge.
According to Ross Dellenger of The Advocate, LSU is working to expedite the coaching search and could have a head coach as soon as next weekend. The Tigers have “formulated multiple plans” to make a hire just after Thanksgiving.
Dellenger also reports that LSU’s coaching candidates have been trimmed down to “as few as four” and that the Tigers are going to “makes an aggressive run, starting Saturday night, at who’s considered the leader, Fisher.”
But will Fisher’s ties to LSU be enough to pluck him away from a great situation with the Florida State Seminoles in Tallahassee?
Fisher, the big fish in the sea in the ACC, would be leaving to play second fiddle to Nick Saban in the nation’s toughest division, the SEC West. It’s a lateral move at best, with a historically tougher path to regularly competing for national championships. Fisher also owns the Sunshine State right now in recruiting, pulling pretty much any top recruit he wants over rivals Florida and Miami.
Another coach believed to be in the mix is the hottest name out right now, Houston head coach Tom Herman. Popular thought, though, is that Herman is the leading candidate to replace Charlie Strong at Texas.