Once LSU narrowed its choices to coaches who really wanted to be at LSU, Ed Orgeron was the clear choice, SEC Network analyst Anthony "Booger" McFarland said Wednesday.
And he offered one key to taking the program to the next level. Hint: It's not about the offensive coordinator.
McFarland, a former LSU defensive tackle, made his comments on the Culotta & The Fan show on 104.5/104.9 ESPN-FM in Baton Rouge.
Two of LSU's most discussed coaching candidates -- Florida State's Jimbo Fisher and now-Texas coach Tom Herman -- never wanted to come here, he said.
"I think everyone knows, it's well-documented, LSU's affinity with Jimbo," he said. "Jimbo had an opportunity. If he wanted to come to LSU, he could've come. I think Jimbo made it clear he really didn't want to come, based on what he was asking for.
"Two, Tom Herman never wanted to come," McFarland said. "For everyone who said LSU lost out on Tom Herman: LSU could've offered Tom Herman $8 million. He wasn't coming. His heart was always in Texas. That was his dream job.
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"Let's look at the guy that had an on-the-job interview and went 5-2, Ed Orgeron," he said. "And now ask yourself ... is there anybody out there better qualified to take over. And you can just go through the names of people everyone heard.... Nobody has yet to mention a guy that wanted to come to LSU that was better than the guy that was already there that wanted the job."
McFarland said Orgeron will hire the best offensive coordinator available. "Who that is, I don't know," he said.
But a bigger issue, he said, is recruiting, in particular keeping Alabama and other schools from snatching up Louisiana's top talent.
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"You want to start beating Alabama? You want to start winning national championship? Keep them the hell out of Louisiana. It's really simple.
"That's the challenge for Ed Orgeron, that's the challenge for this staff," he said. "We can stop talking about offensive coordinators and all that.The biggest issue, you've got to get the guys out of state and keep other schools out of Louisiana."
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