LSU reportedly faces a lot of competition if it decides to pursue Tom Herman to be its next head coach.
Numerous reports have tabbed LSU as one of the frontrunners for the Houston head coach along with Texas. But according to 247Sports’ Travis Haney, Baylor is also trying to get in on the race for the coveted coach. A source told Haney that Baylor’s “not giving up,” and the Bears “want to talk to him.”
“Those close to Herman have said for a year that he is most intrigued by the possibility of Texas opening — but he is also said to be carefully monitoring the situations at LSU and Oregon,” Haney said. “Baylor, however, is not yet ready to presume he’ll go to one of those top-tier schools, one source indicated Thursday.”
Reports named Texas as the favorite to land Herman for weeks, but talk of a deal being “all but official” was premature. Now that Texas seems to be rooting for Charlie Strong, LSU could be the best opening on the market if Ed Orgeron doesn’t win the job.
Baylor is still dealing with the fallout of a sexual assault scandal that led to the firing of head coach Art Briles. However, Herman has more recruiting ties to the state of Texas than Louisiana. He also knows Baylor AD Mack Rhoades, who hired him to be the head coach at Houston.
Earlier this week, CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd reported that former LSU head coach Les Miles was a “possibility” for the Baylor job. However, Haney said Baylor is more focused on Herman and SMU’s Chad Morris and that Miles is “a fringe candidate, at best.”