LSU AD Joe Alleva has a tough task on his plate.
He fired Les Miles, who won 114 of the 148 games he coached for the Tigers between 2005 and last month, including two SEC championships and a national championship. Now, he must find his replacement. Someone that can top those accomplishments.
But before he can even get into the thick of a nationwide search, he also must assess the merits of keeping interim coach Ed Orgeron, who has won all three games he has coached since taking over for Miles.
The stakes are incredibly high, and it safe to say it’s not an enviable position.
But, as reported by The Advocate’s Scott Rabalais, Alleva does appear to have a clear vision of what traits he wants the next Tigers head coach to exhibit. Here’s a look at the eight boxes that must be checked during the interview process, per Rabalais:
• He has to exhibit good leadership.
• He has to have integrity.
• He has to be able to motivate the team.
• He has to have discipline and be accountable.
• He has to have good organizational skills.
• He has to possess adaptability, during a game and over time.
• He has to be good at recruiting players and quality assistant coaches.
• He has to exhibit good communication skills with players, fans, donors and the media.
“It’s generally what I’ve always looked for in coaching searches,” Alleva said. “There are more, but those are probably the main things you look for in a coach.”
These traits likely aren’t much different than what every athletic director who undergoes a coaching search looks for, but individuals that truly meet all of those requirements are a pretty rare breed.
It will be interesting to see how this coaching search turns out, and there will be many that try to measure the eventual hire against the traits that Alleva has now publicly revealed he’s looking to acquire.