By Michael Morrison
Penn State head coach James Franklin is once again at the top of the list for another prime coaching opening.
First it was USC, and now it’s LSU, which will be looking to replace head coach Ed Orgeron at the end of the 2021 season.
Franklin has already had to deflect attention from rumors and conversations tying Franklin’s name to the ongoing coaching search at USC. The Trojans pulled the carpet out from under Clay Helton earlier this season but it was unlikely USC would be able to make any coaching hire official until toward the end of the season, if not after the completion of the regular season. Franklin, who has always been a trendy name for USC coaching rumors alongside Urban Meyer, was among the popular names thrown right back into the USC mix along with Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell.
Once again, Franklin appears to have all of the traits LSU would likely need in its next head coaching hire given Franklin’s ability to recruit. And, of course, Franklin has previous experience of success in the SEC, at Vanderbilt.