Will Jimbo Fisher be able to turn down LSU Football?

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We’re still at least a couple of weeks away from knowing who will coach LSU football in 2022, but it certainly appears that Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher is the Tigers’ top target.

LSU athletic director Scott Woodward reportedly “isn’t giving up” in his pursuit of Fisher. And, according to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman, he believes he can steal Fisher from the Aggies, despite Texas A&M folks feeling like it won’t happen.

Here’s what Feldman said this week (via On3):

"“From what I’m hearing from people around LSU is that Scott Woodward is not giving up easily. And he feels like he may be able to pull Jimbo Fisher again even though the A&M people are like ‘no, that’s not happening.’ So we’ll see how that plays out.”"

Will Jimbo Fisher be able to tell LSU Football no?

At first glance, there’s really no reason for Fisher to leave Texas A&M. He has good job security. And despite two losses this season, he has the Aggies’ program moving in a positive direction (Fisher has won 17 of his last 20 games).

The one thing, however, that might entice Fisher to leave College Station for Baton Rouge is the possibility of winning a national championship at LSU.

It’s much easier to win a national championship at LSU than it is at Texas A&M.

Les Miles and Ed Orgeron weren’t necessarily elite coaches — they were both eventually fired — but they still managed to win a national championship at LSU.

Does anyone think that Miles or Orgeron would’ve won a national championship at Texas A&M? It seems unlikely.

LSU is possibly the best job in the nation because of its incredible in-state talent. A competent coach is almost guaranteed a top-five or top-ten recruiting class every season.

I think Fisher is a better coach than Miles or Orgeron. And while I don’t think he would turn LSU into Alabama, I think he’d have the Tigers in the College Football Playoff discussion on a yearly basis. And that’s ultimately the goal for any top program in the SEC.

So does Fisher actually leave Texas A&M for LSU?

Here’s why I think it’s a legit possibility:

Fisher loves Baton Rouge. He even talked about his love for Baton Rouge the day he was hired at Texas A&M.

This could be Fisher’s last legitimate shot to land the LSU gig — at least while he’s in his prime as a head coach.

LSU is going to pay well. But this is about more than the money. This is about the opportunity to win a championship at a place that’s special for Fisher.

Next. LSU got the best version of Ed Orgeron against Alabama. dark

I don’t know how this search is going to turn out. But I think it could be very difficult for Fisher to tell Woodward no. It wouldn’t shock me one bit if Jimbo Fisher is the head coach of the Tigers in 2022.