(Note: I left Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher off the above list for a reason. I know he has a history at LSU and a connection to Tigers athletic director Scott Woodward, but I don’t think his current contract with the Aggies makes him an option for LSU. I’m not also not sure if that’s the direction Woodward will go in.)
There’s already a lot of discussion about Orgeron’s potential replacement in Baton Rouge. Most folks are mentioning the same names.
Billy Napier, James Franklin, Luke Fickell, etc are all names that will be bandied about in the coming weeks/months.
But what if Woodward goes completely off script and hires a total wild card option?
Scott Woodward pursuing Hugh Freeze to coach LSU Football would be wild
Hugh Freeze was one of the premier coaches in the SEC before he was unceremoniously dismissed in 2017 due to well-documented off-field issues (and an NCAA investigation).
Freeze is one of the few coaches that’s had decent success against Nick Saban and Alabama. And he’s turned Liberty into a legitimately good team since taking over as the program’s head coach in 2019.
A Power-5 program is eventually going to give Freeze another chance. And the program that decides to give him a chance will likely find success quickly.
While I don’t think that program will be LSU (there are too many options above Freeze I think), this is still a name worth monitoring.
I tend to think this will be Freeze’s last year at Liberty. And I think he’d like to return to the SEC.
If LSU were to come calling, there’s no way Freeze would turn them down.