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Top Five College Football Coaching Candidates To Replace Les Miles at LSU

Coaches To Replace Les Miles

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The LSU Tigers need to find a head coach after firing Les Miles and his 72 percent career winning percentage. Defensive line coach Ed Orgeron will play interim head coach until the head of the season.

LSU is tired of playing second fiddle to the Alabama Crimson Tide and believe somebody out there can improve the consistency of the program. There’s currently a ton of names out there in the rumor mill and you’ll likely hear more between now and the end of the season.

Top Five College Football Coaching Candidates To Replace Les Miles at LSU

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Here are the top five names the LSU Tigers should consider for head football coach.

Tom Herman - Tom Herman is the favorite to become the head coach of LSU if you’re looking at betting lines and he’s probably the hottest name. Herman is 17-1 since coaching the Houston Cougars last season and has his current team in the thick of the playoff race. Herman won the Broyles Award in 2014 with Ohio State and is a bright offensive mind who could get the most out of improved talent. He is also the ultimate players coach who allows his guys to be themselves. Herman would certainly be the Tigers top choice whether either party admits it at this present moment.

Ed Orgeron -  Orgeron has a head start over everybody on this list considering he has three months to coach LSU and prove himself. If the Tigers respond to the 55-year-old and play inspired football that results in victories, it’s going to be hard to hire elsewhere. Orgeron is a fabulous recruiter and has a track record of being able to recruit in Louisiana. Orgeron also has been with the team since last season and has built relationships already in place. There’s also a case to be made that Orgeron should already be a head coach after finishing 6-2 with the USC Trojans once Lane Kiffin was fired. Orgeron isn't a sexy hire but a safe one that would likely pay off.

Lane Kiffin - Speaking of Kiffin, why not give him a look? Not only are you getting a terrific offensive coach away from Nick Saban, you’re hiring a guy who can recruit and call plays at an elite level. The main reason LSU hasn’t been able to turn that corner is because the offense and quarterback play never improves. Like him or not, Kiffin knows offense and knows how to work to his players strengths. Also, Saban has likely rubbed off on Kiffin to the point you’re probably not going to get the immature and reckless coach we’ve seen in the past. It may be a longshot and there is risk involved, but Kiffin has upside and the potential to turn LSU into a balanced football team.

Bobby Petrino - Bobby Petrino says he isn’t leaving Louisville, but this is the same guy who has coached seven different teams since 2001. Petrino has proven that he’ll leave if he sees better opportunity and the money is right, just ask the Atlanta Falcons. He’s an offensive genius who probably deserves to be back on the big stage eventually and can win at the big level. We’ve seen him win double-digit games with Arkansas and have the team on the verge of being a contender before the bike incident took place. He’s also won nearly 73 percent of his college games throughout his career. Louisville won’t have Lamar Jackson forever, and at the end of the day, it’s a basketball school. Petrino would answer the phone if LSU came calling.

Mike Gundy - LSU wants an offensive minded coach to lead the way and it doesn’t get much better than Mike Gundy. Gundy has been with Oklahoma State since 2005 and has made comments of considering a change of scenery in the past. Also, there’s reports that he nearly left for Tennessee a few years ago. Gundy has been with Oklahoma State nearly his whole life from his playing days in the mid 80s and may be searching for a new challenge. It would probably take a high profile job to make him take that leap and LSU is one of those positions. This would be a splashy hire and instantly improve an offense that’s had issues over the years.

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