Ed Orgeron's time as the head coach of LSU officially has an expiration date. Less than two years after leading the Tigers to an undefeated national title, Orgeron and the school have agreed to part ways at the end of this season, per multiple reports. The writing was on the wall.
Much like USC's coaching search, LSU will have the luxury of sifting through the nation's top candidates. But who is best suited to succeed Orgeron and handle the high-pressure job in Baton Rouge? Don't count on Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher, according to ESPN college analyst Greg McElroy.
"It's not going to happen. It'd be absolutely shocked. Fisher right now, he's got the keys to the kingdom, and you don't mess with happy," McElroy told The Zach Gelb Show on Monday. "He just bought a 5,000 acre ranch an hour away from College Station. They love him in Aggie land, he's already done a very good job there, just got a contract extension. LSU can't pay him more than A&M can. Whatever LSU offers, A&M can match and likely exceed..."
Fisher, who served as LSU's offensive coordinator between 2000 and 2006, denied all rumors connecting him to the job on Monday, telling reporters that Texas A&M is "the job I want." In four years as the Aggies head coach, Fisher has led the program to a 31-12 record and three bowl wins. Last season, they reached No. 4 in the AP poll, and defeated North Carolina in the Orange Bowl. Fisher, 56, is also one of five active FBS head coaches with a national title.
Last month, Fisher signed a contract extension worth nearly $95 million that will keep him in College Station until 2031. Through seven games this season, the 17th-ranked Aggies (5-2) rank fourth in the SEC West, and currently have the fifth-best odds (+4000) to win the conference title.
The news of Orgeron's departure came just one day after LSU upset Florida in a 49-42 thriller at Tiger Stadium. Since 2000, the Tigers (4-3) haven't finished a single season with a losing record.
The entire college football conversation between McElroy and Gelb can be accessed in the audio player above.