Even though the Texas A&M football team and its fans may feel like they have a lot of security at the head coaching spot under Jimbo Fisher, it’s college football. We’ve seen coaches leave more unexpectedly with more to lose than Jimbo Fisher.
As a result, Fisher, despite seeming happy, will likely be contacted by schools with head coaching vacancies. These schools include USC and LSU, two high-profile football programs.
Do I think Fisher will leave Texas A&M? Absolutely not, which is why I’m creating a list of coaches who would get the two high-profile openings before the Aggie head coach. Here are three LSU head coaching candidates not named Jimbo Fisher.
Non-Texas A&M Football LSU HC Candidate No. 1: Mel Tucker, Michigan State
Mel Tucker is one of the hottest head coaching names in the country right now. At 7-0 on the year, the Michigan State football head coach will be entering a game against his biggest rival with an undefeated record. This happened just a year removed from a 2-5 Spartan season in his first year as head coach.
Tucker’s claim to fame thus far has been his usage of the transfer portal, which has paid immediate dividends for the Spartans. Their key transfer is Kenneth Walker III, who is a Heisman candidate this season.
Tucker does have connections to LSU, as he was a coach there in 2000. The MSU head coach has never actually held a position for more than three years in his entire career, so a coaching change after his second season would not come as a surprise to anybody.
That said, Michigan State has a lot of resources, so they’d likely match any salary number that LSU throws his way. He’s got a good thing going on in East Lansing, but don’t be surprised if the LSU opening stirs things up.