LSU Football: Mike Tomlin had the strongest denial ever about coaching rumors

Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin will not be the man who replaces Ed Orgeron as LSU football‘s head coach.

It’s not happening.


Tomlin responded to the rumors this week with possibly the strongest denial of interest in a job (he’s been connected to USC and LSU) that I’ve ever heard.

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The Mike Tomlin to LSU football rumors are officially dead

Most of the time when coaches comment on rumors, they throw in a “you never know” type phrase. No one wants a Nick Saban “I’m not going to be the head coach at Alabama” soundbite following them around for the rest of their life.

Tomlin, however, left no doubt. He said never. He acted agitated. He made it clear that he has no desire to coach at the college level.

The longtime Steelers head coach almost acted insulted that folks would even think that he’d leave the NFL for a college program.

I’m glad he came out and shot these rumors down like he did. I never bought into the idea that Tomlin would leave Pittsburgh — where he’s been the head coach since 2007 — to coach at the collegiate level.

Tomlin, who recently received an extension, has it made right now. He’s going to go down as one of the best head coaches in NFL history. Why would he give that up for a job that’s as much about being a politician as it is a football coach?

College head coaches are often more recognizable than a state’s governor. There are lots of “duties” that come along with the job (not to mention the recruiting).

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Tomlin would be crazy to give up his job with the Steelers for that life.

Now we can all move on and quit entertaining this idea that never made any sense.