LSU has three finalists for its head football coach vacancy, and they include Kyle Flood, who was dismissed from the job earlier this year after being found guilty of violating NCAA rules regarding contact with recruits. The school has not yet announced the names of its other finalists. Here is a look at what we know so far.
The University of LSU’s search for a football coach continues. Getty Images
Leading the list is Kyle Flood, a veteran coach who would continue the sterling athletic tradition at LSU, but who was dismissed by the school in February after agreeing to a two-year show-cause penalty, which would prevent him from being hired by any college football program nationally. Flood, 44, was a standout linebacker for LSU, but it is widely known that he spent a stint as head coach at Army University during the early 2000s, and he was largely on his own to get the Army job, having been ousted by the school by his peers when he was head coach at Rutgers. He was criticized when he struggled to revive Rutgers football in 2012 and had a paltry record at the school, falling to 1-15 as the Scarlet Knights head coach.
Flood spent the last two seasons at Rutgers and compiled a 10-23 record. He will reportedly submit a letter of resignation on Monday.
In second place on the list is former Georgia and LSU defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, 42, who is the leading candidate for Florida State’s head coaching job. Pruitt played collegiately for LSU, and was a defensive standout at Florida State. He also coached at Georgia for a time, during which the Bulldogs won the 2007 National Championship. He leaves Florida State after his fourth season, which saw the Seminoles defense rank in the top five nationally in total defense, interceptions, and pass defense. He is considered a popular candidate at Florida State, but his name is not getting much mention nationally, something that may stem from the fact that the school fired Jimbo Fisher after one season earlier this year.
In third place is Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, 53, who is expected to help shepherd Oklahoma State to the College Football Playoff in 2018. The school opened the process by posting the job on its website and received multiple inquiries from potential candidates, but did not release any names, at least publicly.
The school also acknowledged being in contact with Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt, who is on a six-game suspension after the university concluded that he violated a university policy when he spoke with his son about the school’s job opening. Leavitt, 52, is considered a longtime candidate for head coaching positions, but has not been promoted to the FBS level since being fired by Nebraska in 2013. He is currently serving a suspension.