LSU’s 11 best coaching candidates to replace Ed Orgeron, from Jimbo Fisher to Joe Brady


LSU and Ed Orgeron have reached “a separation agreement” that can finish the Tigers coach’s tenure after the 2021 season.

Orgeron changed Les Miles in 2016 and compiled a 49-17 report. Orgeron led the Tigers to a nationwide championship in 2019 with a 15-0 report, however the Tigers have had a free-fall the final two seasons with off-the-field scandals, coaching 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 among 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, ranging from big-time school coaches to up-and-coming Group of 5 coaches. 

Who is the best match? Sporting News seems to be on the candidates: 

MORE: Urban Meyer’s possible path back to college

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Big-time Power 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 swap extra sophisticated. 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 won’t be the correct transfer. 

College report: 70-40 (4 faculties)

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. Current 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.

College report: 113-35 (2 faculties)

Mario Cristobal, Oregon coach 

Cristobal has led Oregon to back-to-back Pac-12 championships, and the Ducks are within the CFP hunt this season after beating Ohio State in Week 2. Cristobal used the teachings realized from a stint as an Alabama assistant underneath Nick Saban to change into a greater head coach, and he emerged as a dynamic recruiter on the West Coast. He might deliver that method to Baton Rouge and achieve success. 

College report: 56-58 (2 faculties)

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 Big Ten championship hunt; successful a convention title in 2016. Of all of the Power 5 coaches on this listing, Franklin is likely to be the one most keen to entertain a transfer to LSU. 

College report: 89-44 (2 faculties)

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Non-college coaches 

Urban 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 Power 5 college be keen to deliver Meyer again given the newest off-the-field distractions? He has an .853 successful share as a university coach, and the Tigers have a ready-made setup for a fast turnaround. 

College report: 187-32 (4 faculties)

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 a doubt the observe report that produced a 190-48 report at Oklahoma. He gained a nationwide championship with a no-nonsense type LSU might use, and it comes down to whether or not Stoops has that urge to coach. 

College report: 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 sport coordinator. He’s discovered success as an NFL assistant and reportedly is not enamored with the recruiting side of the school sport. That’s not a whole disqualifier if he can put collectively the correct employees, and he clearly loved success in Baton Rouge, however it could be powerful to pry him away from the NFL.

College report: 0-0

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Group of 5 coaches 

Billy Napier, Louisiana 

Napier is likely to be the best match for this job. The 42 12 months previous realized from assistant coaching stints at two of the best packages 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 Sun Belt championship. Napier was reportedly within the hunt for previous SEC vacancies the previous couple of seasons. Was Napier merely ready for the LSU job to open up? 

College report: 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 Sun Belt, and the previous East Tennessee State quarterback was profitable at Charleston Southern earlier than that. LSU is likely to be too huge of a step up, however he might be within the Power 5 quickly. This may very well be an ahead-of-the-curve rent for the Tigers. He was SN’s coach of the 12 months in 2020. 

College report: 85-52 (4 faculties)

Bill Clark, UAB 

Clark, 53, was instrumental in bringing the UAB program again from the lifeless, and the Blazers are on tempo for a fifth straight bowl look. Clark has highschool coaching expertise in Florida, Georgia and Alabama, and he’s gained with a player-first method. Clark was SN’s Coach of the Year in 2018.

College report: 55-28 (2 faculties)

Jeff Traylor, UTSA coach

Traylor, 53, is one other coach who labored his means up from the highschool ranks in Texas to earn this chance. He flipped UTSA right into a Conference-USA contender in simply two seasons, and he has expertise as an assistant coach at Texas and Arkansas. Those recruiting ties in locations the place LSU wants to win high-profile recruiting battles might repay. It’s not a flashy rent, however is flashy what LSU wants now?

College report: 13-5 (1 college)

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