To Paul Finebaum, one man stands as Ed Orgeron’s biggest competition for LSU’s head-coaching job.
That would be Houston coach Tom Herman.
Speaking on ESPN’s College GameDay on Saturday, the noted analyst gave his thoughts on LSU’s recent momentum under Orgeron as its interim coach. The Tigers, who are 2-0 since Les Miles was fired, are set to take on Orgeron’s former team, Ole Miss, later Saturday at Tiger Stadium.
Finebaum was asked what Orgeron must do to earn the job full-time, and his answer was interesting.
“The most important thing is a win tonight, because it gives him two weeks to continue the movement,” Finebaum said on the show. “Alabama is two weeks from tonight. And I think the LSU fans will continue to coalesce around him. There’s one obstacle — it’s Tom Herman. He started four weeks ago at the top of the list. I think he’s still somewhere up there. There are indications one week he wants it, one week he doesn’t. But I think he’s still in play. But what Orgeron has done is simply unbelievable. He has energized this fan base, which four weeks ago tonight was dead. They were done after the Auburn game.”
It makes sense that Herman would remain a hot name for the LSU job. His stock has skyrocketed during his stint at Houston, and he has done nothing to place a dent in his reputation during the Cougars’ 6-1 start this season.
Much will be learned about LSU and Orgeron in the coming weeks. After hosting Ole Miss on Saturday, the Tigers play Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and Texas A&M. Finebaum went on to say he doesn’t think Orgeron needs to win all LSU’s remaining games, but a strong finish would help the coach’s cause.
The discovery begins against Ole Miss.