Tyrann Mathieu and Frank Wilson both grew up in New Orleans. They both attended St. Augustine High School. And they will both go down as integral parts of the LSU football program.
So when Mathieu heard that Wilson was leaving LSU to take his first college head coaching position at the University of Texas at El Paso, the cornerback formerly known as “The Honey Badger” made it known that he doesn’t think Wilson’s ties to the university are over with for good just yet.
“So proud for coach Frank Wilson. You deserve it, you have helped so many kids in Louisiana reach their goal, happy to see you reach yours!” the former LSU standout and Arizona Cardinals cornerback Tyrann Mathieu tweeted.
“I’m calling it now.. Frank Wilson will be back at LSU, as an head Coach, watch!!! Just give it some time,” Mathieu added.
We all know that Les Miles’ job has certainly come under magnified scrutiny of late. Meanwhile, Wilson has long been touted as a future college football head coach. Now he’s getting that opportunity.
“It stands to reason that the success we have had here at LSU, our coaches are going to get these types of opportunities,” Miles said, via a statement to The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger.
“Frank has been a big part of what we’ve accomplished at LSU both on and off the field. He’s ready to be a head coach. He’s worked long and hard for this opportunity and I couldn’t be happier for Frank and his family. He’s going to do a great job at Texas-San Antonio. We are going to miss him.”
Wilson spent the past six years at LSU handling a multitude of responsibilities, including running backs coach, recruiting coordinator and associate head coach.
Miles’ contract runs through the 2019 season, though we saw just two months ago that regardless of the deal’s terms, any coach can be on the hot seat.
We’ll see how LSU fares in 2016 with amplified expectations. If Miles and LSU were to part ways in the coming years, at least we know who Mathieu would endorse.