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LSU athletic director responds to rumors of Tigers’ hiring of Tom Herman Scott Cunningham/Getty Images
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31: Head coach Tom Herman (R) of the Houston Cougars is congratulated by head coach Jimbo Fisher of the Florida State Seminoles after the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

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

That’s not quite the case, per a team-released presser:

“Contrary to media reports, there has been no decision made on who will be the next football coach at LSU. Coach Orgeron has done a great job of leading this team since taking over in late September and we are pulling hard for the Tigers tonight against Texas A&M. As we stated earlier, we are going to take our time and make sure we select the right person to lead our football program.”

The latest report came days after it was noted 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.

Houston has reportedly offered Herman a massive raise in response to the latest departure rumors:

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

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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.

Prashad is the Senior Content Editor for Cox Media Group's FanBuzz.com. He considers Muhammad Ali, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce some of the all-time greats. Boston is TitleTown, in case you were wondering.
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