- With the LSU coaching search officially underway, we’ve got rumors galore about who may take over the Tigers next season.
- Paul Finebaum is hearing that the top coach in the ACC may be in LSU’s sights.
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Every well-known or up-and-coming coach in college football is going to be linked to the LSU job. That’s just what happens when a Top 10 coaching job in college football opens up, countless names are tossed around and then we hear about how it’s a ‘home run hire’ no matter who it is that takes over the program.
With LSU officially announcing that Ed Orgeron would be let go from his duties at the end of the season the rumors and reports are rampant. Paul Finebaum added to the madness by mentioning that none other than Dabo Swinney may be in the sights of LSU athletic director Scott Woodward.
“It’s really hard to chisel that one down,” Finabaum said on the ESPN College Football Podcast. “There are some who believe the AD Scott Woodward wants…you ready for this…Dabo Swinney.
Now, there’s talk that the president wants Mel Tucker (head coach at Michigan State). Billy Napier (ULL head coach) is out there maybe as a second-tier selection if everyone else goes bust. It seems like Jimbo (Fisher) is out of that one.”
Dabo Swinney Isn’t The Only Name Finebaum Is Hearing
As you can see with Finebaum’s comments, Swinney certainly isn’t the only coach he’s hearing that LSU is interested in. James Franklin at Penn State is another coach to add to the list as is Lane Kiffin at Ole Miss and Mario Cristobal at Oregon.
Nevertheless, Swinney is an interesting name.
His resume at Clemson of course speaks for itself, but his Tigers are having a down year this season. Perhaps Swinney could see the writing on the wall that Clemson is in for a downfall over the next two seasons and tries his hand in the SEC if LSU does indeed come calling.
It’s not like he’d be taking over a powerhouse at LSU, plus it’s much harder to win a national championship out of the SEC West, but it would be shocking to hear of Swinney not answering a call from LSU when the school inevitably calls him during the search.