LSU Football: Highly coveted defensive coordinator to interview with Tigers

LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports /

LSU football is set to interview a highly-coveted defensive coordinator candidate.

LSU football‘s search for a new defensive coordinator isn’t anywhere close to a conclusion.

That’s because the Tigers are still actively interviewing candidates.

One of the candidates that plans to interview this week is Cincinnati Bearcats defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman.

WLWT’s Brandon Soho reported on Sunday night that Freeman will interview with LSU this week.

Can LSU football lure Freeman to Baton Rouge?

Freeman is one of the most sought after assistants in the nation right now.

The reason is because Freeman helped turn the Bearcats’ defense into an elite unit this season.

Cincinnati allowed only 16.8 points per game this season, which was No. 8 in the nation.

Freeman, who also coaches linebackers, joined the Bearcats’ staff in 2017 when Luke Fickell took over as Cincinnati’s head coach.

While Freeman would obviously be a huge get for LSU, Tigers fans shouldn’t get too excited.

Soho noted in his report that Freeman would prefer a head coaching gig.

It’s very possible that Freeman is interviewing for two reasons — for the experience and to get his name some more traction in head coaching searches.

Ultimately, I’d be surprised if Freeman agreed to become the defensive coordinator at LSU.

But this is the college football coaching carousel we’re talking about — anything is possible and nothing should be surprising.

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The one thing working in LSU’s favor is that Freeman doesn’t have a lot of head coaching options right now.

Of course, if the Tigers manage to hire Freeman, they’ll have to deal with the reality that he likely won’t be in Baton Rouge very long.

But that’s how it goes when you hire good assistants. Just ask Nick Saban at Alabama.