LSU thinks it’s possible to land one of the two best coaches in college football, so it’s at least going to try.
According to Football Scoop’s Scott Roussel, LSU’s coaching search committee is going to “gauge the interest” of Alabama head coach Nick Saban, who coached at LSU from 2000-2004, and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.
A source told Roussel, “Their sights are on national championship caliber, proven head coaches.” Their wish list reportedly includes four coaches who have won national championships as head coaches.
“During the initial, exploratory phase,” Roussel said, “we are told to expect LSU, through representatives, to gauge the interest of some of the top coaches in college football, including Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Bob Stoops, Jimbo Fisher and Tom Herman. Right or wrong, sources tell FootballScoop that LSU believes they will be able to attract a coach of that caliber.”
Out of that group, only Herman has yet to win a national title as a head coach. Saban and Meyer have combined for seven of the last 10 national titles. Fisher won the BCS National Championship in 2013. Stoops won the BCS in 2000.
LSU’s coaching search is in its infancy, and gauging interest isn’t the same as having legitimate discussions. But it shows what the program thinks of itself that it’s going to at least see what Saban and Meyer might think about going to Baton Rouge. As Roussel said, LSU thinks it “can and should land a home run.”