LSU's last-second loss to Florida has shifted the conversation away from the 2016 season and directly to who will replace Les Miles. As CBS Sports senior columnist Dennis Dodd put it: "There were three ticks left in a head-coaching career. At least the one that Ed Orgeron was pursuing at LSU. That notion is over -- at least for now. "
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher and Houston coach Tom Herman are expected to be the first targets for LSU athletic director Joe Alleva. According to a recent report in the Advocate, the handful of decision makers involved don't expect the coaching search to be a long and drawn-out process. In fact, the school plans to start making an "aggressive" run at its leading candidate, Fisher, on Saturday night after the Seminoles play Florida in their regular-season finale (8 p.m. ET kickoff).
According to the report, Fisher is still "very interested" in returning to Baton Rouge. He has been considered a top candidate to replace Miles since November 2015 but has repeatedly and consistently avoided discussing other jobs while reaffirming his commitment to Florida State.
"Here's the thing, I'm not going to talk about any jobs," Fisher said at his press conference last week.
"I love being at Florida State, I plan on being here, and I'm just getting ready for Syracuse. That's the last thing I'm going to say on that."
When asked to comment on this specific, more recent report about LSU moving quickly, he offered a nearly identical refrain.
"I'm always going to be up front [with recruits]," Fisher said, via 247Sports, discussing reports of his LSU interest. "I'm not going to comment on those things. ... I'm extremely happy at Florida State. Always be honest."
Fisher spent seven years as an assistant at LSU. He coached JaMarcus Russell and was the offensive coordinator under Nick Saban during the 2003 national championship season.