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Tom Herman To LSU? Jimbo Fisher, Charlie Strong Maybe Staying Put? What Does It All Mean?


Tom Herman is reportedly more than just in the mix for the LSU job. What does it all mean?


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Report: Tom Herman To LSU? What Does It All Mean?

Is this really going to happen? There are conflicting rumors flying around about Houston head coach Tom Herman. Is he really going to LSU? It’s being reported that LSU is about to sign the Cougar coach this weekend, and Charlie Strong might just stay at Texas.

Really? The guy whose team didn’t even win its own division might go to the team that can’t win its own division?

Tom Herman has been the red-hot head coaching prospect in the coaching carousel equation even since his Houston team caught fire last season with a fantastic 13-1 season and a Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl win over Florida State, and now he’s reportedly going to sign on to become LSU’s head coach as early as this Saturday.

The meteoric rise of the 41-year-old went to a whole other level as Urban Meyer’s offensive coordinator at Ohio State, and his Houston teams have been among the best, most explosive, and most impressive in the country over the last two years – at times.

When the lights are on, yeah, Houston has been terrific. It beat Louisville early on last year, won the American Athletic Conference championship, and rolled over Florida State in the New Year’s Six game.

But the Cougars lost to Connecticut.

This year’s team dominated Oklahoma and destroyed Louisville.

And lost to Navy and SMU.

So okay, LSU. You’re not keeping Ed Orgeron and you’re not getting Jimbo Fisher.

Not winning your division isn’t going to be okay at LSU.

Jimbo Fisher is apparently just fine at Florida State.

To be honest, I never got it. Why would Fisher leave Florida State – where he’s won a national championship and who’s program is, at the very least, as good if not better talent-wise as Clemson and everyone else in the league on a yearly basis – for an LSU program that has to beat its head against that Alabama wall on a yearly basis.

This might have been a painfully disappointing season, but FSU suffered a slew of big injuries and was never quite right. The Seminoles could very, very easily bounce back and be right back into the national championship hunt next year, or the year after, and the year after that.

Winning the ACC Atlantic is much, much easier than SEC West, and not to be lost in all of this …

IT’S FLORIDA STATE.

It’s not like it’s FAU or FIU, it’s FSU. It’s a superpower.

And now what for Texas?

Look, Texas. If you don’t want Charlies Strong, then you can pay for just about any coach you want, outside of around ten names at the Urban, Harbaugh, Saban level. It couldn’t have been Tom Herman or bust, could it?

If Herman really does go off to LSU, does that make Strong a better coach?

Charlie Strong’s head coaching future shouldn’t have anything to do with beating TCU.

He should get a chance next year to see this thing through in Austin after spending the last few years rebuilding up the program, but if you really don’t think he’s the guy, not getting Herman shouldn’t change anything.

But, apparently, it does.