LSU Football: 5 most likely options to replace Ed Orgeron as Tigers head coach

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Unless something drastically changes over the next month, LSU football will probably be looking for a new head coach this winter.

Ed Orgeron is squarely on the hot seat after the Tigers’ recent loss to Auburn.

LSU is now 8-7 since beating Clemson in the national championship game less than two years ago.

That’s obviously not the expectation in Baton Rouge.

Tigers athletic director Scott Woodward didn’t hire Orgeron at LSU. And it’s already been reported that Woodward would like to make a coaching change.

At this point, it feels like it’s a matter of when it happens, not if it happens.

The first question when firing a coach is almost always “who will be the replacement?”.

LSU is one of the most attractive coaching jobs in college football. There’s an incredible amount of in-state talent, to go along with great tradition and history. There will be no shortage of suitors for the job.

Some of the names mentioned, however, won’t be very realistic. I went over four names that LSU fans shouldn’t expect to be hired (and explained why) last week.

Among the realistic options, there are five names, specifically, that I think Tigers fans should be monitoring. I think one of these five coaches is the most likely option to replace Orgeron as LSU’s next head coach.

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Billy Napier — Louisiana head coach

If I had to place a wager on who the next LSU head coach will be, I’d put my money on Billy Napier.

Napier is in his fourth season as Louisiana’s head coach and he’s done a great job so far.

Louisiana went 10-1 last season and they’re off to a 4-1 start this season.

Napier, who played quarterback at Furman, has spent time coaching under Dabo Swinney at Clemson and Nick Saban at Alabama. He’s 32-12 as a head coach and he obviously has great connections in the state of Louisiana.

Over the last several years, Napier has been a hot name during each coaching carousel cycle. But he hasn’t jumped at just any job. He’s waiting for the right one.

I certainly think LSU qualifies as “the right one”.