iStock/Thinkstock(BATON ROUGE, La.) — Louisiana State University is working on a deal with Tom Herman to become their next head football coach and could have a deal done by the end of the weekend, sources tell ESPN.
Herman, currently the head coach at the University of Houston, is one of the hottest names on the coaching market, after leading the Cougars to a 13-1 season last year.
The former Ohio State offensive coordinator hasn’t ruled out an offer from the University of Texas, however, which was rumored to be interested in Herman if the decision is made to fire their head coach Charlie Strong. USA Today Sports reported that Herman met with LSU officials in Houston earlier this week.
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher is also reportedly near the top of LSU’s coaching wish list. He was an assistant coach at LSU under both Nick Saban and Les Miles.
During LSU’s 54-39 win over Texas A&M Thursday night, the school released a statement saying that no decision has been made on the school’s next football coach. Current interim head coach Ed Orgeron was brought in after Miles was fired early in the season.
A source told ESPN this week that Texas had decided it would fire Strong after the Longhorns lost to the Kansas Jayhawks last Saturday. The school’s athletic director, however, insisted Strong would be evaluated after the season was over.
The Houston Chronicle quotes Houston athletic director Hunter Yurachek as saying that he had not been informed by Herman or his agent that there were ongoing conversations with LSU. Sources told ESPN that Yurachek met with Herman’s agent earlier in the week to offer a contract extension and a raise to the highest paid coach in a Group of 5 conference school.
The Houston Cougars play their final regular season game on Friday against Memphis, while LSU finished its regular season on Thursday.
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