It was evident from the jump that LSU athletic director Scott Woodward wanted to make a huge splash when hiring the school's next football coach. In fact, Woodward was so hell-bent on hiring a marquee coach that he was willing to spend top dollar.
The Tigers ultimately hired Brian Kelly as their head coach, signing him to a 10-year, $95 million contract. Before they zeroed in on Kelly, they actually made a run at one of the top coaches in the SEC.
According to Brett McMurphy of The Action Network, LSU was prepared to offer Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher an eight-year deal that was worth $125 million.
"How bad did LSU want Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher? In late November, LSU was prepared to offer Fisher an 8-year, $125 million deal - $13 million/year - to come to LSU, sources told The Action Network," McMurphy tweeted on Wednesday.
Fisher was linked to LSU for a few weeks during the season, but he made it known that he wasn't leaving Texas A&M.
"I want to be at A&M," Fisher said. "I plan on being at A&M. I ain't going nowhere. I don't want to be nowhere else. I love being right here."
LSU will soon find out how Kelly stacks up against Fisher. The two programs usually have intense battles every year.