The LSU Tigers fired head coach Les Miles on Sunday after a disappointing 2-2 start to the season. The university is already on the hunt for a new leading man and the coaching search has led to the team looking at some big names.
According to FootballScoop, two of those big names are coaches that are very familiar with winning in the SEC and bringing home national championships. They are reportedly going to “gauge interest” in bringing in Ohio State’s Urban Meyer or former LSU and current Alabama coach Nick Saban.
From the site:
“If Orgeron doesn’t earn the job, sources tell FootballScoop that LSU’s committee believes they can and should land a home run. ‘Their sights are on national championship caliber, proven head coaches,’ a source with knowledge told FootballScoop this morning. During the initial, exploratory phase, we are told to expect LSU, through representatives, to gauge the interest of some of the top coaches in college football, including Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Bob Stoops, Jimbo Fisher and Tom Herman. Right or wrong, sources tell FootballScoop that LSU believes they will be able to attract a coach of that caliber.”
It is unlikely that the Tigers would fire an 11-year head coach midseason and hire a guy from within, so giving Orgeron or current defensive coordinator Dave Aranda the job doesn’t make a lot of sense. The Tigers are going to go after a big fish and it doesn’t hurt to go after three coaches that have won the last three national championships.