For LSU Tigers football, we’re only one week into the offseason, and football news is still very much dominating the discussion among Tiger fans. Even with renewed excitement about LSU basketball, and baseball season just a month away, there are several football-related stories dominating the headlines.
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Never mind the search for a new defensive coordinator, or the fact that there is unfinished business as recruiting season winds toward National Signing Day in early February. The hot topic for LSU remains the quarterback quandary.
Other than the defensive coordinator search, which is certainly an important order of business, the Tigers will not compete for championships regardless of who is hired to lead the defense if the quarterback quandary can’t be fixed.
After the Music City Bowl loss to Notre Dame last Tuesday, Les Miles stated that he plans on reopening the quarterback competition in spring practice. Presumably, he means that Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris will be competing for the starting job.
Well, that may very well be the case, or maybe not. Just within the past 24 hours or so, a couple of new LSU quarterback-related stories have spread like wildfire. Traditional news outlets first reported these stories, then of course, both have developed lives of their own via the Internet. Here they are:
- Yesterday, Jim Kleinpeter of nola.com reported that Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson has reached out to LSU expressing interest in a transfer. This is an interesting development. On one hand, it potentially brings an experienced quarterback into the mix, one who could possibly step in and start right away. On the other, Golson has had his issues at Notre Dame, with a suspension in 2013, and problems with turning the ball over. Scott Long of the Dandy Don website has a nice take on the situation:
"“Shortly after the report surfaced, Golson tweeted, “Don’t believe everything you hear…” That comment makes me skeptical. Even if Golson has “reached out,” it would be premature to assume that Golson could in fact transfer to LSU. As stated in the report, Golson hasn’t yet been granted a release. Second, LSU would have to be granted a waiver from the SEC in order to sign Golson since he was declared academically ineligible for the 2013 season. Third, you know how Coach Miles is about turnovers. (Golson threw for 3,445 yards and 29 touchdowns this season, but he also fumbled the ball away eight times.) Don’t get me wrong… I would love to see Golson at LSU, and this is certainly a development to monitor, but let’s not sound the trumpets just yet.”"
- Then today, a new report from WAFB-TV Baton Rouge and interest from Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, as reported by 247Sports. According to Shea Dixon of LSU’s 247Sports outlet:
"“On Tuesday morning, WAFB’s Steve Schneider reported that, per sources, the two-time Big 10 MVP could be leaving the Buckeyes for the Tigers. The Geaux247 staff has confirmed with a source on the LSU side that there is some truth to the smoke, adding there is ‘mutual interest’ between the two parties. The same can be said for Oregon, who would also take Miller this offseason. Sources at both schools confirmed that Miller hasn’t said yes or no to either program. Miller, who suffered a shoulder injury that sidelined him this season, has already graduated and would be eligible to play for another school right away.”"
All this said, should either of the above two end up enrolling at LSU, what happens with Jennings and Harris? Ah, the speculation. LSU message boards are debating these topics, as one would expect. The Internet sure is a fun place.
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It all brings to mind one of my favorite Abbott and Costello routines. Just replace “Who’s on first” with “Who’s playing quarterback.”
More to come, no doubt.