Ed Orgeron is LSU's new full-time head coach, but LSU AD Joe Alleva may have tipped his hand a bit about how business with the other candidate, Houston's Tom Herman, went down.
During the press conference to introduce Orgeron as head coach, Alleva had a very interesting quote about Orgeron not "playing games" with the LSU administration.
That apparent dig comes after multiple reports that Herman and LSU were close to reaching an agreement on Thursday. Gridiron Now reported earlier that Herman backed out of a "handshake deal" to take the Tigers job.
That changed when Armstrong called Alleva on Friday night to inform him that Herman wanted to hear out Texas; the Longhorns fell 31-9 to TCU on Friday afternoon to finish 5-7. It was then that Alleva, angered that Herman and Armstrong had reneged, pulled the offer and decided to hire Orgeron, the source said. “It wasn’t about money,” the source said. “It wasn’t that Texas offered. It was about a gentleman’s handshake in place and you reneged.”
The Advocate's Ross Dellenger doesn't go so far as to say there was a deal in place, but confirms that the negotations were far along, and insinuates that LSU believes Herman used the Tigers job as leverage with Texas.
Reports emerged this morning that Herman will take the Texas job, after that program made the firing of Charlie Strong official this morning. Even with the reported drama, it appears that LSU AD Joe Alleva and the rest of his staff are very comfortable with Coach O leading the team going forward.