The news about Les Miles has probably come 10 months too late for LSU Football fans who were ready to show him the door. Miles compiled an 110-34 record, which sounds like a successful stint, but the LSU offense has gone anemic in recent years. Here are some candidates to ponder.
Bryan Harsin (Boise State)- 31-11 record as a Head Coach, 24-6 at Boise State
Harsin has won at both spots he’s been on the job at Head Coach. Harsin has Boise State at 3-0 currently, and he’ll have a chance to possibly run the table with the talent the Broncos have compared to their conference.
Whatever Harsin has done in the last three years has apparently worked, and his offenses are capable of fireworks. But if Boise State can pull off moving to the Big 12 with BYU, this could ultimately be lost.
Doc Holliday (Marshall)- 81-51 record at Marshall
Holliday has been more than admirable at Marshall. He’s got a successful, winning, and positive culture at Marshall, though in C-USA, it didn’t stop Kevin Sumlin from being hired in Texas A&M.
The difference I make here is the success that Rakeem Cato was ultra successful, and maybe this could be something to build on with Etling, Harris, or whoever ends up being under center. He may end up not getting a look, but if culture is what LSU wants, they don’t get much better than Holliday
Jeff Brohm (Western Kentucky)- 22-9 record at Western Kentucky
Brohm is primed to get a Power 5 conference job, the brother of former NFL QB and Louisville star Brian Brohm. He developed Brandon Doughty and had a lot of success with the talent he had. Imagine Danny Etling in a scheme with Brohm calling the shots? Malachi Dupre would actually get targets in this offense.
The only thing that may limit him is simply the fact he coaches at Western Kentucky, he’ll go somewhere, maybe Oregon perhaps to replace Mark Helfrich…
Dana Holgorsen (West Virginia)- 39-28 record at West Virginia
Holgorsen’s 39-28 record might not look to impressive, but the scheme that is in place at LSU would flourish with the right athletes in place. He is said to be a very hard coach. The 45-year-old coach already has a history of successful QBs in the college level with Geno Smith and Clint Trickett. He hasn’t had the most success but if you have a defensive coordinator in place that excels, like Justin Fuente at Virginia Tech.
Ed Orgeron (Interim at LSU currently)- 16-27 record, 6-2 at USC (interim), 10-25 at Ole Miss
Ole Miss was a complete and utter disaster for Coach Orgeron and probably was the reason that he wasn’t retained at USC, but here he is once again with another chance to prove his worth as a HC in the SEC. What Orgeron was able to do at USC, midseason no less, with a new starter in Cody Kessler was remarkable. They beat #5 Stanford, play Notre Dame down to the wire, and crushed Derek Carr in his last college game.
Now he could get shafted again, but remember that in football, many coaches on their second full stint often have more success than in their first.
Art Briles- 99-65 record, 34-28 record at Houston, 65-37 record at Baylor
I’ve often criticized him for his “mickey-mouse” offense, but in all fairness, last season proved that he’s more than just a coach with a flashy offense. He won 10 games in four of the past five seasons as a HC. There’s no coach out there, not with a job already that can offer that. Also his ability to recruit the state of Texas could be a real key to the future, especially in the SEC West where any advantage could be the one that helps you take the next step.