LSU recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Frank Wilson is a serious candidate for the head coaching position at Troy and is “very interested” in the job, multiple sources told The Advocate on Wednesday.
Wilson is believed to be one of several finalists at Troy, a Sun Belt Conference program in Alabama. FootballScoop.com and coachingsearch.com have both linked Wilson to the gig in replacing Larry Blakeney as the Trojans’ coach.
Blakeney announced his retirement in October. His 24-year stint atop the program will end Saturday with a home game against Louisiana-Lafayette. A hire could be announced as early as next week, according to footballscoop.com and The Montgomery Advertiser.
Wilson, a 41-year-old from New Orleans, is in his fifth season with the Tigers. He’s helped bring in some of the nation’s best recruits while in Baton Rouge, including the Tigers’ No. 2-ranked signing group last year. Four of the Tigers’ five signing classes under Wilson have been ranked in the top 10 by both Scout.com and Rivals.com.
Wilson has never been a college head coach or a college offensive or defensive coordinator. He’s had stops as an assistant at Ole Miss, Southern Miss and Tennessee before arriving at LSU.
Wilson and Troy athletic director John Hartwell worked at Ole Miss together. Hartwell was the No. 2 administrator in athletics at Ole Miss for nine years before joining Troy in 2012. Wilson served as running backs coach and special teams coordinator at Ole Miss in 2005-07.
Wilson is the highest-paid position assistant at LSU, making $650,00 a year. He has a contract that expires on March 31, 2015, but it extends for another year if the school doesn’t terminate the deal. Blakeney makes $505,000 per year.
Blakeney led the Trojans, 3-8 this season, to 178 wins since 1991 and helped them transition from the Football Championship Subdivision in 2001. They won five straight Sun Belt titles in 2006-2010.
According to footballscoop.com, Wilson’s top competitors for the gig include Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown and Ole Miss co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Matt Luke, among others.