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UPDATE:

Second confirmation:

According to Scout’s Chip Brown, Tom Herman is reportedly close to becoming LSU’s next head coach.

The report comes days after it was┬ánoted that Jimbo Fisher had been extended a “substantial offer” from LSU. CBS Sports noted a deal could be in place as of Saturday, but did not specify if that deal would be for Herman, Fisher or another coaching candidate.

“Whether or not anyone from Texas reached out to Herman’s camp Wednesday night, the wheels were in motion Thursday for Herman to become the┬ánext coach at LSU – with a possible announcement on Saturday, I’m told.

A source close to Herman said Texas brass never showed any real interest in Herman (only UT intermediaries and fans) and that Trace Armstrong didn’t want Herman to put off LSU – waiting on a Texas offer that might never come. At LSU, Herman could be reunited with his Cal Lutheran roommate – Dave Aranda, who is currently LSU’s defensive coordinator and another rising star in the coaching business.”

“I decline comment on that and any other report that’s out there,” Alleva told The Advocate on Thursday night.

LSU is shifting its focus with whatever new hire the Tigers go after, heading in a more offensively-minded direction.

Herman would also fit that bill if he lands the LSU gig. Orgeron would be expected to bring in a proven offensive coordinator with a track record of developing quarterbacks if he lands with the Tigers.

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