The LSU coaching search has reached a crescendo as the Tigers only have one more game left and then the school will likely name its next head coach the following week. LSU has reportedly going hard after Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher as athletic director Joe Alleva has him as the No. 1 choice.
There has also been a report that Fisher’s agent is asking for more money from LSU and a possible housing allowance since Florida does not have a state income tax. He wants the Tigers to also pay the $5 million buyout on Fisher’s current contract and more than match the $44 million worth of it as well.
Orlando Sentinel sportswriter Mike Bianchi thinks the whole thing is ludicrous though and considers this kind of act “SEC snobbery.” While Fisher does have history with the school — he was the QB coach and offensive coordinator under both Nick Saban and Les Miles — Bianchi believes that LSU is trying to throw money at the problem, which is a problem the SEC as a whole seems to have. Here’s his comments on all the talk:
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: Why would he leave a place where he has already won a national title; where he took over for a legend and rebuilt the program in his own image; where his kids are growing up? …
The Tigers, who reportedly will make “an aggressive run” at Jimbo after Saturday’s Florida-Florida State game, are — in a word — delusional. They’ve won two national titles in the modern era of college football and they somehow believe now they should be playing for it every year. Do they really think they can just fire Les Miles, one of the most successful coaches in school history, and Jimbo is going to come begging them for a job? …
To think he would just pick up and leave for Baton Rouge is the epitome of SEC snobbery. Why would Jimbo want to go to the SEC when he has built an SEC-type program in the much more hospitable ACC? Not to say that the ACC hasn’t improved with the rise of Clemson and now Louisville, but FSU has the resources and recruiting base to be the league’s premier team most every year.
Bianchi tends to be a professional hot take writer at times so take it with a grain of salt, but he does make a couple of good points. You can find his entire column on it here.