LSU football Coaching Search Update: Latest on Jimbo Fisher, Lincoln Riley and a Number of Prominent Candidates – Sports Illustrated LSU Tigers News, Analysis and More

    time is ticking on lsu’s coaching search nearly a month into the process. names have been coming up for a while now without much concrete in terms of who the athletic department is focusing on.

    lsu and scott woodward will likely want to make a decision as quickly as possible after the season is over to preserve their draft class with the early signing period fast approaching mid-december. With that said, here’s the latest on some coaching candidates.

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    jimbo fisher (texas a&m)

    As far as the buzz goes, no one in this potential pool of candidates has generated more buzz than Fisher, which makes sense given his ties to LSU athletic director Scott Woodward. After all, it was Woodward who gave him the keys to Texas A&M and the two had a positive working relationship before Woodward moved to Baton Rouge.

    multiple times in recent weeks, fisher was asked about the lsu start, but on monday he gave a rather defiant answer when asked about the tigers start.

    “We’re going to recruit an amazing class this year,” Fisher said Monday. “so im the dumbest human being on god earth to recruit all these guys to a&m so i can cross over there [to lsu] and play against them.

    “I want to be at A&M,” Fisher said. “I plan to be in A&M. I’m not going anywhere and I don’t want to be anywhere else. I love it here.”

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    the buzz around fisher won’t end until lsu’s next coach steps on the podium with woodward, but his latest comments point to a coach very comfortable where he is.

    lincoln riley (oklahoma)

    in terms of flashy signings, other than nick saban or possibly dabo swinney, there is no coaching candidate who is a bigger name than taking riley away from norman. The earliest are coming off a loss to Baylor last weekend, but they nearly killed their chances of a college football playoff spot.

    with oklahoma’s upcoming arrival at the sec, the lure of lsu’s job might fade a bit for riley, but the recruiting roots, resources, and backing of the fan base in baton rouge is unlike many others on the sport. One of the issues that has kept Riley from securing a national championship in Oklahoma is average defense.

    If the former had slightly above-average defense in recent years, the program would have won a championship, something that won’t be any easier in the switch to the latter. lsu has a rich history and always secures top-tier defensive talent in louisiana.

    However, this will be an uphill sled for Woodward and the athletic department, but it’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility.

    mel tucker (state of michigan)

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    tucker has been one of the immediate targets for this job, and as michigan state has continued to win, those outside conversations have only intensified. Michigan State is 9-1 with two major conference games remaining at No. 4 states left ohio and penn state.

    a local radio and tv show in detroit launched a rumor that tucker and the state of michigan were working on a long-term extension, but until that officially happens, the lsu rumor will stick. tucker spent one season with the purple and gold and has a large following within the upper echelons of the tigers athletic department.

    How the spartans’ season unfolds in the coming weeks could be revealing as lsu likely wants to be quick with hiring coaches once the regular season is over.

    dave aranda (baylor)

    aranda is coming off a big win with the bears program by defeating world no. 8 oklahoma. He quickly changed that program with his calm demeanor and strong football IQ, leading the Bears to an 8-2 record and no. 11 in the top-25 app.

    Of course, lsu fans know him all too well as the longtime defensive coordinator and bringing him back a few years after his departure would probably be a warm welcome in baton rouge. It’s been easy to see that this locker room has lost its preparation and overall calming nature.

    Rehiring aranda may not be the big move many are hoping for with this hire, but in two seasons he has shown how quickly a show can turn around. Aranda’s name has also been popular with the USC job posting, showing that the work he is doing is being well received in college football circles.

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