LSU is currently searching for a longterm replacement for Les Miles. As with any coaching search at a major program, all sorts of big names will be thrown around. It only took a couple days, but people are already throwing around the biggest name: Nick Saban.
Rick Neuheisel recently appeared on Sirus XM’s College Sports station to discuss the LSU job and brought up Saban as a possibility, citing his previous stint at LSU. (Jump ahead to the 2-minute mark.)
Of course, Neuheisel isn’t the only one saying Saban is a possibility. According to Football Scoop, Saban is one name on a long wish list.
If Orgeron doesn’t earn the job, sources tell FootballScoop that LSU’s committee believes they can and should land a home run. “Their sights are on national championship caliber, proven head coaches,” a source with knowledge told FootballScoop this morning. During the initial, exploratory phase, we are told to expect LSU, through representatives, to gauge the interest of some of the top coaches in college football, including Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Bob Stoops, Jimbo Fisher and Tom Herman. Right or wrong, sources tell FootballScoop that LSU believes they will be able to attract a coach of that caliber.
I mean, what college wouldn’t see if any of those guys were interested? In Saban’s case, the question is whether he’d actually be interested in leaving Alabama where he’s coached since 2007 and won 4 National Championships. Would he possibly consider going back to LSU where he won one title in four years? Probably not, but who knows!
And while we’re wildly speculating, Mark Dantonio’s name has also started popping up as a “candidate” for the LSU job. What if he did what Saban originally did and left Michigan State for LSU? That would create a job opening at Michigan State where Saban spent 5 seasons. Maybe Saban could go home to the Spartans, clearing the way for Les Miles to take the Alabama job. And we haven’t even mentioned Jim Harbaugh yet…