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LSU athletic director Joe Alleva, left, and LSU head coach Les Miles speak on the field during pregame warmups before kickoff against Auburn, Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Auburn University's Jordan-Hare Stadium, Pat Dye Field in Auburn, Al.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

LSU athletic director Joe Alleva thinks it's "comical" that people are already predicting who the Tigers will hire to replace Les Miles, and he's hoping for a change in offensive play-calling on Saturday in the game against Missouri.

"I think it's hysterical how everyone is predicting who the next coach is going to be," Alleva said on Culotta & The Fan on 104.5/104.9 ESPN-FM in Baton Rouge Thursday morning. "I think that's comical."

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Alleva insisted that he'll run LSU's search for a new coach, as he did in an interview with The Advocate earlier this week. 

"I'm the search," he said flatly. 

He lauded interim coach Ed Orgeron for the sweeping changes he's made throughout the program, and Alleva didn't dismiss Orgeron's potential of getting the full-time gig. 

"First three to four days, I think he's done a great job of energizing the building and making some changes that will have some long term effect on the players," he said. "I'm looking for a whole change in the culture of the program. Ed is instituting change, no doubt about it."

He told The Advocate in an interview Monday that he thinks of this as an "audition" for Orgeron.

"He's got a great opportunity to show what he can do and turn this ship around. So, we'll see," he said Thursday.

As for offensive change, Alleva understands that LSU might run similar or the same plays on Saturday against Missouri, but playcalling is what he's watching. University leaders fired Miles, along with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, on Sunday. Steve Ensminger, previously the tight ends coach, is the interim offensive coordinator.

"Steve Ensminger will use a lot of the same plays, but plays are when you call them," Alleva said. "If you call play-action pass on first down, maybe it has a chance to succeed. Third-and-1 and you call play-action pass, it has a chance to succeed."

Alleva indicated that agents of coaches interested in the job have reached out to him. He did not reveal names. 

"Whoever we pick to lead this program going into the future is huge, not only to the athletic department but to the whole university and to the whole state, for that matter," he said.

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