LSU met with Tom Herman before Texas A&M win
In the span of a one week, Houston coach Tom Herman has been given the Texas Longhorns and now the LSU Tigers head coaching jobs. Both teams have men in those seats, one in an interim basis (LSU’s Ed Orgeron), and the other embattled hoping to save his job with a win Friday (Charlie Strong at Texas). How can major media outlets be so wrong so much on this story?
Herman is without question the big prize in college football this off-season. Even as LSU surprisingly ran it up on the Aggies Thanksgiving night, many fans were more excited at the prospects of the Herman era starting. According to reports, that could happen as early as Saturday.
Ed Orgeron made his case to stay on with a convincing win against a Texas A&M team that is reeling, without his best player, Leonard Fournette. The noise about the Herman potential signing got so loud, LSU put an official statement out during the game advising no decision had been made on the future coach of the team.
It’s no surprise any and everyone who has a high profile opening wants Herman. He is 22-3 at the helm in Houston, including an impressive victory in the Peach Bowl last year against a high profile Florida State team. Speaking of the Seminoles, for most of the past few weeks, Jimbo Fisher was the name surrounding the LSU job. Reports came out that Jimbo wanted over $6 million a season to leave Tallahassee, and that may have been too steep.
Texas A&M looking for a coach?
Should Herman land in LSU, Ed Orgeron could still end up with opportunities. Let’s not also forget the team that lost Thanksgiving night, Texas A&M, may also be looking for a coach. On the surface, one may think it’s crazy to part ways with Kevin Sumlin, who is 44-20 overall. Sumlin is 0-5 against LSU, and have lost 4 in a row against Alabama. You can’t win a SEC title if you can’t get out of your own division, and that is the bar set in College Station.
The likelihood of Sumlin getting fired appears to be even less than Charlie Strong, and he can thank his agent for that. His buyout is $15 million dollars according to sources, and that coupled with the fact he has won at least 8 games every year makes it a very tough pill to swallow.