Would there be a bigger home run hire than LSU landing Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley as the replacement for Ed Orgeron?
It’s hard to envision a scenario that plays out much better than that one for Tigers fans who crave a proven, consistent winner to lead their program.
But Riley has one of the best jobs in America and is paid handsomely to do it. So why would his name even show up on the radar for the open LSU position?
ESPN’s Tom Luginbill made an appearance on The Next Round on Tuesday and raised some eyebrows with what he said about Riley and the LSU job.
“Listen, I’m not saying I know anything specific. But something is going on at Oklahoma. And I would not be surprised one bit if the next head coach at LSU is Lincoln Riley,” Luginbill said.
“When you’re not at your Monday press conference coming out of the bye week and then all of the sudden nobody is talking, there’s no information coming out of the building, your team was clearly not prepared, they weren’t focused and if you watched that game Baylor physically beat them up.”
You can listen to that Luginbill clip here:
Now, what he said isn’t exactly information that signals a hire is on the brink of happening, but ESPN college football insiders usually don’t speculate so boldly on such matters without first having a conversation or two behind the scenes.
Riley, who is set to arrive in the SEC with Oklahoma in a few years anyway, would immediately shake up the SEC West as the head man at LSU.
The 38-year-old already has amassed an impressive 54-9 record as the Sooners head coach after replacing Bob Stoops in the 2017 football season.
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