In talking with a couple of folks it looks as if the LSU coaching search will be a battle royal. The rank and file fans want Coach O but many $$$ boosters and administration believe that while he may give a short-term shot in the arm to the team he is not a long term answer. They just do not believe he can effectively manage a program and that in 4-5 years they will be conducting another search with the program in disarray were he to be hired. They believe O’s ceiling is as a coordinator. They would love to find a way to make not hiring O palatable to fans.
If they were smart, the would be a little innovative and hire a Football Director (new position) that does not coach but runs the program. Find an ex-HC that was great at admin, but not at recruiting and close to retirement age to run the operations.
Personally, Jimbo doesn’t scare me as a head coach at LSU. I concur that Coach O is a better coordinator and motivator than a head coach. Would be good in short term but not for the future of the program.
However, I feel confident that we can all agree that we only want what’s worst for LSU.
Jimbo is making $5 million a year in an easier conference. Why would he leave? He can win an NC by beating Clemson, Louisville and Florida, instead of running a Alabama-Auburn-Florida-A&M-Arkansas-MSU-Ole Miss gauntlet.
The thing that scares me about Coach O, is that I think he has learned from his previous stints as a head coach. He has always been great on the recruiting trail and if he has developed as a head coach, he could be really dangerous (especially at LSU.) That said, I doubt that he gets the opportunity after today’s loss.