LSU athletic director Scott Woodward could be making a minority hire.
LSU may be looking beyond Jimbo Fisher when it comes to making a splash hire to replace Ed Orgeron. Athletic director Scott Woodward could be targeting a minority hire, according to a source with knowledge of the program’s thinking.
Several prominent candidates would fit that bill, including Michigan State coach Mel Tucker, Baylor coach Dave Aranda, Penn State coach James Franklin and Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.
LSU has never employed an African-American or person of color as head football coach.
Tucker owns deep ties to the SEC and is known as an excellent recruiter. His Spartans are a surprising 7-0 and ranked No. 9 in the latest AP poll.
Aranda, who is Hispanic, was the defensive coordinator on LSU’s 2019 national championship team before heading to Waco. The No. 20 Bears are 6-1 and in the thick of the Big 12 title race.
Franklin has already performed one SEC miracle by winning at Vanderbilt and has rebuilt Penn State into a Big Ten power. He’s also rumored to be high on USC’s wish list.