LSU and Ed Orgeron have reached “a separation settlement” that may finish the Tigers coach’s tenure after the 2021 season.
Orgeron changed Les Miles in 2016 and compiled a 49-17 document. Orgeron led the Tigers to a nationwide championship in 2019 with a 15-0 document, however the Tigers have had a free-fall the final two seasons with off-the-field scandals, teaching turnover and losses on the sphere. LSU pulled off a 49-42 upset of No. 20 Florida on Saturday earlier than the Orgeron information broke, as first reported by Sports Illustrated. The report stated Orgeron will stay as head coach via the season.
Orgeron is without doubt one of the highest-paid coaches in the FBS at $8.7 million in 2021.
The final three LSU coaches — Nick Saban, Miles and Orgeron — gained nationwide championships. LSU stays an elite job within the SEC, and it’ll entice quite a lot of names, starting from big-time school coaches to up-and-coming Group of 5 coaches.
Who’s the very best match? Sporting Information appears to be like on the candidates:
Massive-time Energy 5 strikes
Lane Kiffin, Ole Miss coach
Kiffin is a long-shot of types. He labored with Orgeron at USC from 2010-13, and that might make this potential change extra difficult. Kiffin has flipped Ole Miss in two seasons, and he’s advanced from his time at Tennessee and USC. That was after a profitable stint as Alabama’s offensive coordinator. Kiffin would have extra assets to work with at LSU, however this may not be the proper transfer.
School document: 70-40 (4 colleges)
Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M coach
Would Fisher make this transfer? He gained a nationwide championship at Florida State, and he has a monster contract at Texas A&M. Fisher had the Aggies on the outskirts of the CFP dialog final season and so they beat No. 1 Alabama 41-38 this season. He was the offensive coordinator at LSU from 2000-06. That’s a very long time in the past, however he would nonetheless be a possible candidate. Present LSU AD Scott Woodward employed Fisher when he was at Texas A&M and gave him a contract with no buyout determine, which provides intrigue.
School document: 113-35 (2 colleges)
Mario Cristobal, Oregon coach
Cristobal has led Oregon to back-to-back Pac-12 championships, and the Geese are within the CFP hunt this season after beating Ohio State in Week 2. Cristobal used the teachings discovered from a stint as an Alabama assistant below Nick Saban to change into a greater head coach, and he emerged as a dynamic recruiter on the West Coast. He may carry that strategy to Baton Rouge and achieve success.
School document: 56-58 (2 colleges)
James Franklin, Penn State coach
Franklin had success within the SEC at Vanderbilt. He’s efficiently rebuilt the Penn State program, and he has been a speculative candidate for the USC emptiness. He stored Penn State within the Massive Ten championship hunt; profitable a convention title in 2016. Of all of the Energy 5 coaches on this record, Franklin could be the one most prepared to entertain a transfer to LSU.
School document: 89-44 (2 colleges)
City Meyer, Jaguars head coach
SN played out this scenario for Meyer, who’s struggling in first season as a NFL coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Would a Energy 5 college be prepared to carry Meyer again given the most recent off-the-field distractions? He has an .853 profitable share as a school coach, and the Tigers have a ready-made setup for a fast turnaround.
School document: 187-32 (4 colleges)
Bob Stoops, Fox analyst
Stoops, 61, has not coached within the SEC since a three-year stint as Florida’s defensive coordinator from 1996-98. He has been out of school soccer since 2016, however there isn’t any doubt the observe document that produced a 190-48 document at Oklahoma. He gained a nationwide championship with a no-nonsense model LSU may use, and it comes down as to if Stoops has that urge to teach.
School document: 190-48 (1 college)
Joe Brady, Panthers offensive coordinator
Brady famously was credited with serving to direct LSU’s record-setting offense in 2019 because the Tigers’ passing recreation coordinator. He is discovered success as an NFL assistant and reportedly is not enamored with the recruiting side of the school recreation. That is not a whole disqualifier if he can put collectively the proper employees, and he clearly loved success in Baton Rouge, however it might be powerful to pry him away from the NFL.
School document: 0-0
Group of 5 coaches
Billy Napier, Louisiana
Napier could be the very best match for this job. The 42 yr outdated discovered from assistant teaching stints at two of the very best applications within the FBS at Clemson and Alabama. He’s led Louisiana to back-to-back double-digit win seasons in 2019-20, and the Ragin’ Cajuns are within the hunt for an additional Solar Belt championship. Napier was reportedly within the hunt for previous SEC vacancies the previous few seasons. Was Napier merely ready for the LSU job to open up?
School document: 32-12 (1 college)
Jamey Chadwell, Coastal Carolina
Chadwell, 44, is one other up-and-coming coach. He has helped flip Coastal Carolina into an offensive machine within the Solar Belt, and the previous East Tennessee State quarterback was profitable at Charleston Southern earlier than that. LSU could be too huge of a step up, however he might be within the Energy 5 quickly. This may very well be an ahead-of-the-curve rent for the Tigers. He was SN’s coach of the yr in 2020.
School document: 85-52 (4 colleges)
Invoice Clark, UAB
Clark, 53, was instrumental in bringing the UAB program again from the useless, and the Blazers are on tempo for a fifth straight bowl look. Clark has highschool teaching expertise in Florida, Georgia and Alabama, and he’s gained with a player-first strategy. Clark was SN’s Coach of the Yr in 2018.
School document: 55-28 (2 colleges)
Jeff Traylor, UTSA coach
Traylor, 53, is one other coach who labored his manner up from the highschool ranks in Texas to earn this chance. He flipped UTSA right into a Convention-USA contender in simply two seasons, and he has expertise as an assistant coach at Texas and Arkansas. These recruiting ties in locations the place LSU must win high-profile recruiting battles may repay. It’s not a flashy rent, however is flashy what LSU wants now?
School document: 13-5 (1 college)