Orgeron’s Departure Fuels Odds for Next LSU Head Coach

LSU Tigers Ed Oregon Background

  • Online sportsbooks say Michigan State’s Mel Tucker could be next LSU coach
  • Bayou Bengals’ odds have skyrocketed since national championship
  • Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin sports solid odds to be next in Baton Rouge

LSU is 49-17 in five and a half years under head coach Ed Orgeron as the Tigers went 15-0 in 2019 and won the national championship in convincing form.

That wasn’t enough as the rebuilding Tigers have had fractures in many parts of the program that include Orgeron, which were distractions, so both sides decided to move on in different directions.

A solid field of potential leaders as the next Tigers head coach could be lining up as oddsmakers have listed Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker (+200) as the favorite.

Tucker has taken the Spartans to a 7-0 record as they are No. 9 in the nation this week, with rival Michigan on the horizon on Oct. 30.

Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin is (+500) to move inside the SEC to Baton Rouge. Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell (+600), Penn State coach James Franklin (+650), and Texas A&M boss Jimbo Fisher (+750) place in the top five.

Tigers’ Astronomical Odds

Orgeron lost 31 key players off the national championship team and had a monumental rebuild in the SEC, a conference that traditionally has taken longer to accentuate the anatomy of a rebuild.

The Tigers never recovered as 14 of those were drafted, and then another 20 signed free agent contracts after the draft.

After finishing at 5-5 last year:
The Tigers are currently 4-3 after an impressive 49-42 win over Florida. They opened at (+1200) odds to win the SEC, which tied the Gators for fourth. They are now an insurmountable (+20000) to win the SEC title game as those are minuscule. If you think that number is high, how about (+30000) to win the national championship as they have the three losses, which pretty much eliminates them already. The oddsmakers placed LSU’s overall win total at 8.5 at the beginning of the season and had a (-105) number on the OVER and (-115) on the UNDER.

LSU bolster (-6000) odds to miss the college football playoff while the Tigers punched in only (+2300) to make the mythical final four.

Last season, the Tigers started with odds at (+4000) to win the national championship, and that moved promptly to (+20000) and ultimately (+100000).

An Early Greeting?

LSU travels to Ole Miss on Saturday and, according to, Rebels coach Lane Kiffin (+500) is the second most likely person to become the next head coach of the Bayou Bengals.

Kiffin has never stayed anywhere for a long time, but he can recruit with the nation’s best, and he runs a dynamic offense that attracts players into his programs.

The Rebels are currently No. 12 in the nation and have an outside shot at a berth in the SEC title game should Alabama lose again and the Rebels win their remaining six games.

Ole Miss is facing long odds, though to win the SEC as the Rebels are sitting at (+3000).

Lane Kiffin’s squad is a 9-point favorite over LSU on Saturday as the OVER/UNDER on this game is placed at 75.5, with a shootout expected.

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The Tigers want the good times to roll again as repairing the program, which, according to reports, had too many coaches and players who did not like the way Orgeron’s leadership was flowing.

Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell (+600) either is or will be on the shortlist of every athletic director in the nation who has a head football coaching availability.

Now that the Bearcats are going into the Big XII and will be a power conference participant, Fickell may not be a free-agent if the Bearcats can pay in the neighborhood of some of the schools with openings. Besides, he has generally spent his entire life in Ohio as a player and coach, so there is a different dynamic as well.

James Franklin (+650), who actually breathed life into the moribund Vanderbilt football program with a pair of 9-4 seasons and two bowl wins in 2012 and 2013, was also rumored for the open USC job. Fickell and Franklin were the favorites at USC when the job opened with identical (+600) odds.

Please Note:
Fisher has already shot down the rumors on Tuesday that he might be interested in the LSU position as he had the fifth-best number at (+750). The common denominator was LSU AD Scott Woodward, who hired Fisher when he was the athletic director at Texas A&M.

Others on the list included Louisiana head coach Billy Napier (+750), former Houston Texans head coach and current Alabama offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien (+900), Kentucky’s Mark Stoops (+950). Former LSU offensive coordinator and current Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady and former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops sheared (+1200) odds.

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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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