Wilson, the former long-time LSU recruiting coordinator and running backs coach, will be introduced at a news conference at 2:30 p.m. Friday.
Wilson and the Roadrunners came to a deal Thursday night for him to leave the Tigers for the Conference USA program. A San Antonio television station reported that Wilson would make $750,000 a year – a $75,000 bump from his current salary at LSU.
Wilson, a 42-year old from New Orleans, has spent six years in Baton Rouge as a key member to coach Les Miles’ coaching staff.
He’s known as one of the nation’s best recruiters. Five of the Tigers’ previous six signing classes under Wilson have been ranked in the top 10 by both Scout.com and Rivals.com. And the current one is No. 1 in the nation in three of the four major recruiting outlets.
Wilson never hid his desired recently to become a head coach. He was a finalist for the head job at Troy last season.
Wilson was the highest-paid position assistant at LSU, making $675,00 a year. He has a contract that expires on March 31, 2018 – the longest of any position assistant.
Wilson will owe LSU about $330,000 – or 25 percent of the remaining salary on his contract. LSU can waive the buyout.
He’s the third LSU assistant in the mix for another gig this off-season. Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele left for Auburn, and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron and Mississippi State were in, at least, brief discussions about the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator opening.
Orgeron, an aggressive recruiter who joined the staff last year, seems to be a natural fit to take over the recruiting part of Wilson’s job. The Louisiana native has served as recruiting coordinator at Tennessee and two stints at Southern Cal.
But who would coach running backs?
Potential candidates could include current North Carolina running backs coach Larry Porter, who spent 2005-09 coaching running backs at LSU and had a brief stint as the head coach at Memphis; Alabama running backs coach Burton Burns, a New Orleans native; Texas Tech running backs coach Jabbar Juluke, a Southern University graduate and former Louisiana Tech assistant; and Josh Henson, the former Missouri offensive coordinator who worked with Miles at Oklahoma State and LSU.
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