LSU Football: Marcus Freeman won’t make decision based on money

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LSU football is working to bring Cincinnati Bearcats defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman to Baton Rouge.

LSU football has made it quite clear that they want Marcus Freeman to be their defensive coordinator in 2021.

Freeman, who has been the Cincinnati Bearcats’ defensive coordinator since 2017, interviewed with the Tigers on Thursday.

Various reports indicate that the interview went well. Freeman has since returned to Cincinnati to discuss his coaching opportunities with his “inner circle” and Bearcats head coach Luke Fickell.

The Bearcats are hoping to keep Freeman, so it’s not a given that he’ll leave Cincinannti for another job this year.

It’ll take more than money for LSU football to land Marcus Freeman

Freeman has numerous suitors this offseason — much like he did last year.

According to 247Sports, Freeman turned down a “lucrative offer” from an NFL team last year to remain at Cincinnati.

That tells me that LSU won’t be able to simply throw money at Freeman to convince him to leave the midwest for the first time in his college football playing/coaching career.

Freeman will have to view the Tigers as a great fit and a place that can help him achieve his ultimate goal, which is to become a head coach.

LSU has plenty of competition for Freeman. Notre Dame, a place where Freeman has some connections, is pursuing Freeman. Texas is also reportedly interested in bringing Freeman to Austin to join Steve Sarkisian’s inaugural staff as the Longhorns’ defensive coordinator.

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All three of those programs have plenty of cash to spend. It wouldn’t be wise for any of these programs to get into a bidding war. Just let Freeman make his decision based on what he feels is right.

Otherwise, the price point will rise dramatically for no good reason.

And that’s not good for anyone…..well, except Freeman.