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Someone asked Stewart Mandel about LSU considering hiring Mel Tucker

For Tucker to have Michigan State in the top 10 in his second season, with a roster that’s already been drastically made over, is remarkable. The Spartans currently rank No. 4 nationally in yards per play (7.4) and are tied for first in plays of 60+ yards (seven). Running back Kenneth Walker (152.2 yards per game) is the unquestioned star of the show, but don’t overlook how well quarterback Payton Thorne is playing. And they’ve got two receivers, Jayden Reed and Jalen Nailor, averaging 20+ yards per catch.

You’re not seeing his name get mentioned for jobs yet because he’s only six games into his second season (and the first one was seven games). The Spartans are still somewhat flying under the radar. But Tucker and the program could get a lot more time in the limelight starting with the Oct. 30 Michigan game. LSU would make a lot of sense given Tucker’s SEC experience at both Alabama and Georgia, but is he a big enough name to satisfy star-chasing athletic director Scott Woodward? That may depend heavily on whether Michigan State emerges from these next six games as a Playoff contender or an Outback Bowl team.

Either way, is Tucker willing to change jobs for the second time in three years? He caught a lot of heat for bolting Colorado for Michigan State after just one season. LSU is unquestionably one of the top five jobs in the sport, but Michigan State made a considerable investment in Tucker when hiring him away from Colorado, doubling his salary to an average of $5.5 million after one season as a head coach, and he may feel some loyalty to the school. Not to mention, if there’s even a sniff of interest from other suitors, Michigan State can tap into its Big Ten TV war chest and raise that salary again, into the $6.5-$7 million range.

Whether or not Tucker becomes a candidate, it’s worth noting that LSU has never had a Black head coach, despite the fact more than 50 percent of Baton Rouge’s population and nearly 60 percent of New Orleans’ population are Black. If nothing else, hopefully Woodward will be mindful of what a momentous moment it could be for a whole lot of LSU supporters if the next coach breaks that barrier.

Can you imagine?

Posted: 10/13/2021 at 3:56PM


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  Tucker is having the season KD had last year -- HallelujahBuff 10/13/2021 8:24PM
  Very valid point ** -- WinningLeadership 10/13/2021 9:13PM
  Especially in recruiting ** -- CUKev 10/13/2021 9:00PM
  LSU is a huge upgrade over MSU -- Flatirons 10/13/2021 4:55PM
  Johnson and Kapilovic killing it -- Battle Born Buff 10/13/2021 4:40PM
  LSU is as crooked as a dog's back leg -- EBN 10/13/2021 4:38PM
  Mel sure left the squeaky clean Buffs in a hurry. ** -- 2buffsgrads  10/13/2021 7:22PM
  They gotta make Jimbo say no. ** -- hawg1 10/13/2021 4:37PM
  He would have to go if LSU offered -- JeffGerardi 10/13/2021 4:21PM
  Very funny for -- oakcliffbuff 10/13/2021 6:41PM
  That made me laugh :) -- WinningLeadership 10/13/2021 5:13PM
  Yes ** -- 241Volcano 10/13/2021 4:19PM