A connected source to the LSU coaching search told ATP on Tuesday evening that a major LSU booster is seriously eyeing Lane Kiffin (Ole Miss) or Dabo Swinney (Clemson) to replace Ed Orgeron in 2022.
“Those are the ones. We will do everything we can to get them to Baton Rouge. Going after Dabo first.” -LSU booster
On Monday, Kiffin opened up about his friend Ed Orgeron’s firing at LSU:
“It’s the profession we’ve always been in but now more than ever it’s so much not just what have you done in the last year but literally what have you done Saturday,” Kiffin said.
“I just had this conversation with another head coach who’s struggling a little bit and trying to motivate him. I just said, ‘Hey, every Sunday you’re either a good or bad coach based off of that Saturday. It switches.’ When I see a thing on SEC Network that I walk by where someone’s talking bad about (Nick) Saban after the A&M game as a coach, it just shows you where we’re at.”
On Tuesday, Dabo Swinney commented on rumors that are connecting him to the LSU coaching search:
“This is the only Death Valley I’m concerned with right here,” Swinney said, referring to the stadiums in Clemson and Baton Rouge, which are both nicknamed “Death Valley.”
“I don’t know the situation [with Orgeron at LSU],” Swinney said when asked about the pressure to win immediately and consistently, “but I do know some of the greatest coaches we’ve ever had weren’t good early or maybe the consistency wasn’t there. It’s a tough business.”
Of course all coaches are going to ignore the rumors and dance their way around the questions, they always do. This is a good sign if you’re an LSU fan. Almost always, when there is an early denial, that means it has legs.
We will continue to update the latest on the LSU coaching search as more golden nuggets become available.