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Paul Finebaum Reveals 2 Names He's Hearing For LSU

An extreme closeup of ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum from the Cotton Bowl in Texas in 2019.

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

With Billy Napier and Lincoln Riley off the table, the LSU coaching search goes on.

The Tigers reportedly put all their eggs in the Riley basket, only for the former OU coach to emphatically deny rumors he was going to Baton Rouge and head for the other LA. Now the clock's ticking.

ESPN's Paul Finebaum weighed in on LSU's situation on Sunday. Telling Matt Barrie he's heard two names come up for the job.

“You still hear Dave Aranda’s name, even though he’s reportedly getting a new deal," Finebaum said. "And beyond that I don’t know if there’s a surprise, because you don’t know if he can go back to someone who maybe we thought was off the board." Aranda served as LSU's defensive coordinator from 2016-2019. “But I thought it was interesting …" Finebaum continued.

"Mark Stoops’ name was out there as well, but with all due respect to Mark Stoops, I don’t think that’s the whale that we all gave Scott Woodward credit for reeling in.”

It'll be interesting to see where the Tigers turn for their next head coach. With time running out, LSU needs to make something happen and make it happen in a hurry.