LSU football hasn’t fired Ed Orgeron yet, but it’s almost a certainty it will happen before the end of November (if not much sooner).
When the Tigers inevitably fire Orgeron, the focus will immediately shift to who LSU hires to replace him.
The most likely option at this point — and remember it’s early and a lot of things will change in the coming weeks/months — seems to be Louisiana head coach Billy Napier.
He’s a coach that LSU absolutely could land. He’s done well at the non-Power-5 level. And he has experience coaching alongside Dabo Swinney and Nick Saban. Plus Napier is already familiar with the state of Louisiana.
How about a college football head coach trade for LSU football?
OK, so there’s no such thing as a trade in college football.
But could we see a de facto head coach trade go down between Louisiana and LSU?
If the Tigers end up hiring Napier to replace Orgeron, it would obviously mean the Ragin Cajuns would need to hire a new head coach.
Why not Orgeron?
Coach O is a Louisiana native and he takes a lot of pride in being the head coach at LSU.
I imagine he’d want to continue to be a head coach. His only other option if he gets fired at LSU is to go be a defensive line coach at a Power-5 program.
Maybe that happens. But if Orgeron wants to remain a head coach — and stay in Louisiana — this could be the right situation for him.
And it would be a great move for Louisiana, too. The program is obviously on stable ground under Napier. Orgeron would be able to recruit at a high level there and probably win a lot of games.
Just because things aren’t working out at LSU doesn’t mean Orgeron is a terrible head coach. He’s not what LSU needs, but the man still has a national championship on his resume.
This would be a strange scenario, but it’s one that I think is realistic.