BATON ROUGE, La. — There may be no two seasons in recent memory that LSU would like to forget as much as the past two, freefalling from national champion to a drama-filled program filled with cultural issues, opt-outs, poor development and — of course — losses.
LSU has somehow gone 11-12 the past two years while a once talented and stable roster dwindled away to the point it played Tuesday’s Texas Bowl with fewer than 40 scholarship players and a receiver at quarterback. It resulted in that 42-20 blowout loss in Houston.
Now, a new era is here. This is officially Brian Kelly’s program, and it enters 2022 in need of a major rebuild both on and off the field. Kelly’s staff is almost complete, with just one offensive hire to go. But there is a long list of items Kelly knows he must address to get LSU back to championship.