Who should LSU hire, who will they hire? CBS analyst weighs in

The training carousel left to an early start with numerous coaches being eased of their tasks prior to we even struck Nov. 1.

It began with the USC Trojans shooting Clay Helton simply 2 video games into the season following an awkward loss to Stanford. Helton currently discovered a brand-new job as he was employed by Georgia Southern for the 2022 project. Southern fired their head coach Chad Lunsford and have actually played 4 video games under interim head coach Kevin Whitley.

The LSU Tigers signed up with the carousel following the triumph over the Florida Gators on Oct. 17. The timing was odd considering they simply beat their cross-divisional competitors however the discussions began after Kentucky blew the doors off the Tigers in Lexington a week prior.

Lots of names have actually been tossed about, we even turned up with our own list of prospective prospects. With names such as Jimbo Fisher, Mel Tucker, James Franklin, and Billy Napier being tossed about, who should they work with? CBS college football expert Dennis Dodd weighed in.

Who should be the man?

Who should LSU work with?

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What Dodd States…

It’s basic mathematics for a coach who has yet to finish a 2nd season in the huge chair: Michigan State was a much better job than Colorado, and LSU is a much better job than Michigan State. In truth, LSU is among the very best in the nation. Tucker might not be the home run hire some expect from athletic director Scott Woodward, but think of Tucker as a lot like Steve Sarkisian last year when he was hired by Texas: He’s the finest name left on the board that LSU can get. (The Tigers would obviously be hoping for a better starting record than 4-5, of course.)

Not quite sure I agree with the “best name left on the board that LSU can get” part of this statement. Everything is really still in play for the Tigers and athletic director Scott Woodward. Of the two hires made in Helton to Georgia Southern and Texas Tech going with Joey McGuire, neither were an option for the Bayou Bengals.

But who will be the guy?

Who will LSU work with?

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What Dodd Says…

Sure, James Franklin is a favorite, however he probably won’t pass muster as Penn State’s season is trending toward 7-5. Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell is not a fit considering his Ohio-based background. That leaves Tucker, an SEC veteran who coached defensive backs for Nick Saban for one year in 2000. Word on the street is that Tucker will accept an interview if contacted. Tucker is a studious, fast-rising talent who could quickly get LSU back on top.

If there is a coach being considered for the job that knows the landscape, it is Mel Tucker. Just down the road, there is Billy Napier and you could make a case for him. If Tucker is the man pegged to take over LSU, fans will rapidly learn to love his style. Especially when they immediately improve over the next year plus. The roster is full of talented players, they just need to be put in a position to succeed. While the sample size is small, he feels like the man who can do that.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.