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Several potential candidates for the LSU head coaching job will be in action this weekend in some big-time marque games. With the Tigers off this week, here are some matchups LSU fans might want to pay attention to on Saturday:

Luke Fickell
Final: No. 2 Cincinnati beat Tulane, 31-12.

Mel Tucker
Final: No. 8 Michigan State beat No. 6 Michigan, 37-33.

Dave Aranda
Final: No. 16 Baylor beat Texas, 31-24.

Billy Napier
Final: Louisiana beat Texas State, 45-0.

Matt Campbell
Final: No. 22 Iowa State lost to West Virginia, 38-31.

Lincoln Riley
Final: No. 4 Oklahoma beat Texas Tech, 52-21.

Lane Kiffin
Final: No. 10 Ole Miss lost to No. 18 Auburn, 31-20.

Mark Stoops
Final: No. 12 Kentucky lost to Mississippi State, 31-17.

Mike Gundy
Final: No. 15 Oklahoma State beat Kansas, 55-3.

Brian Kelly
Final: No. 11 Notre Dame beat North Carolina, 44-34.

James Franklin
Final: No. 20 Penn State lost to No. 5 Ohio State, 33-24.
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Mel Tucker
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Lsutigerturner28 months
Mike gundy, Brian Kelly, James Franklin, Lane kiffin??? Lol really? Hell no. Gimme fickell, or aranda. Second choices Napier, tucker or maybe Campbell.
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StarkvilleTigerFan28 months
Tucker would be a fool to leave Michigan State especially to come to LSU!! No offense to the LSU job-but Tucker has things going up there.
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RightWingTiger28 months
One decent season (so far) at MSU & Tucker ‘has things goin’ too much for him to consider a Top 5 (LSU) Head Coaches position? No thanks. Id rather Campbell, Stoops, Franklin, Fickell……the list goes on & on
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kywildcatfanone28 months
You may come get Stoops after tonight if you want him.
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CaptainYaYa28 months
Kiffinites! Stop looking at the shiny object.
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Luckydog28 months
Kiffin not coming to LSU so move on! Napier or Tucker, but feel tucker will stay at state
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Micro12Tiger28 months
The only game for me to watch is the Ole Miss vs. Auburn game. As Lane Kiffin is by far the most qualified head coaching candidate by far.
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LSUPHILLY7228 months
So you want to replace LSU's coach with the coach LSU's coach replaced at USC? Gotcha
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sabbertooth28 months
Looks like florida will be like looking for a coach too.
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Displaced28 months
Am I the only person who wouldn't be disappointed with Mel Tucker?
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sabbertooth28 months
Was excited about him . After watching their game today it looked like St was s very well coached team.
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BassMan6328 months
I just dont think he leaves Michigan St. He is a good coach, but I just dont see him leaving.
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Micro12Tiger28 months
Yeah. I mean this is the first season since he has been a head coach that he has had success. If you want to roll the dice then pick Mel Tucker who has just slightly more head coaching experience relative to Dave Aranda with a year less. Nonetheless, both of them pail in comparison to the experience of success relative to Lane Kiffin.
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Wallace Ritchie28 months
Gundy is way too based for Tate to allow the hire. He would be good here though.
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cypresstiger28 months
Cincy coach not increasing his stock so far in the Tulane game
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kywildcatfanone28 months
Virtually none of those are LSU coaching candidates :lol:
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LSU61528 months
Lincoln Riley and Mike Gundy are the only two on this list I want. If everything else falls through, Aranda would be a good choice. But I think Woodward is going to surprise us all with the hire. And it won't be a second-tier coach like most of these that are listed.
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lsucoonass28 months
No it will be
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Micro12Tiger28 months
Lincoln Riley is a pipe dream. Not to mention how do you know he would be good in the SEC where defenses rule? You don't.
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Ruebacca28 months
Woodward likes Riley, but he's not the only guy on the list. The criteria is pretty simple. Who has won a natty, been in the CFP final four, won a conference championship or beat Saban. That's a much shorter list, and a very different one from what the media keeps churning out. He'll do something fairly unexpected I believe. Like Lincoln Riley, Matt Rhule or the rehabilitated Hugh Freeze. Who knows, but I don't think it will be as obvious as Franklin, Kiffen, or Tucker.
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GeauxTigers141028 months
So... pretty much all of them.
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Tiger198828 months
Don’t waste your time. This hire will come out of left field as all of his hires have so far.
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Gumbo128 months
Lincoln Riley or bust!
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Micro12Tiger28 months
Pipe dream or bust.
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CanebreakCajun28 months
Mike Gundy? I like the guy and he’s a good coach, but not for us.
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JustinT3728 months
1. Lincoln Riley 2. Luke Fickell 3. Dave Arranda 4. I guess Napier if it gets to him (it shouldn’t)
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lsucoonass28 months
What coach, who has already established himself, would want to come here?
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tigersquad8928 months
You forgot Saban
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