As we expected, the LSU football program will be aiming high for its next permanent head coach.
According to James Smith of NOLA.com, the school has contacted Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, in addition to North Carolina coach Larry Fedora.
The report also states, however, the LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron remains a top candidate for the position, along with Fisher.
The report cites sources “with knowledge of the situation,” who were given anonymity to speak freely by NOLA.com.
Other names being considered by the school are Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy and Houston’s Tom Herman.
All along, it has been believed that LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva prefers Fisher, who would require a $5 million buyout to leave Tallahassee.
The report also cites “multiple coaches who have worked for, or with, Fisher” who say they believe Fisher would take the LSU job if the money is right. Fisher’s contract at FSU will pay him $44 million through 2022, so in addition to the $5 million buyout, LSU could be looking at an expensive hire.
Fisher was the offensive coordinator at LSU for the 2003 national championship season under Nick Saban.
After a 2-2 start to a promising season, Les Miles was fired by LSU in September.
Orgeron has gone 4-1 since taking over. Good news for Orgeron’s prospects are also detailed in the report, as some of LSU’s strongest financial backers are reportedly warming to the idea of Orgeron taking over on a full-time basis.
The decision should come soon, as the article states:
Alleva is said to be targeting the end of this month to the early part of December in announcing his decision, which could give the new staff the ability to host recruits on official visits before the NCAA dead period starts Dec. 12.
The Tigers, ranked No. 16 in the Associated Press poll, play host to No. 21 Florida on Saturday in a rescheduled game.