Sources have reportedly told ESPN that LSU has zeroed in on Houston's Tom Herman as the Tigers' next head coach and could have a deal in place as early as Saturday.
Official Statement from LSU AD, Joe Allevia
USA Today Sports reported that Herman met with LSU officials in Houston Thursday afternoon.
Florida State's Jimbo Fisher was also said to be near the top of LSU's wish. But LSU's search over the past few days reportedly shifted more from Fisher to Herman.
Fisher has reportedly opted to stay put at FSU over becoming the next coach at LSU.
The former LSU offensive coordinator was thought to have been the Tigers' top target a year ago despite no official head coaching vacancy.
The Tiger Athletic Foundation reportedly switched its focus to Houston coach Tom Herman after talks with Fisher stalled Wednesday.
Herman is in his second season as Houston's coach. The Cougars play their final regular-season game on Friday against Memphis.
The search for LSU’s next head coach remains a closely held secret by Joe Alleva and the small search party he’s leaning on.
But, if Thursday's reports are true, Herman has emerged as the favorite.
ESPN reported Thursday night that a deal could be done as soon as Saturday.
A FootballScoop report said Texas reps don’t believe the deal is done.
LSU released a statement during Thursday night's game regarding the rumors surrounding the coaching search.
The statement reads as follows:
"There are a lot of unsubstantiated rumors about LSU's coaching search. We will not comment on this speculation and are currently focused on our game against Texas A&M. There is a process in place for the search, and we will take our time to make sure the best decision is made for the future of the program."
LSU also released a statement from athletic director Joe Alleva:
"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."