LSU has set its sights on Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly in its coaching search, multiple media outlets reported Monday.
The Athletic termed it “an aggressive push” on LSU’s part to hire Kelly, while Sports Illustrated reported that interest on Kelly’s part has yet to be confirmed.
Ever since LSU made the decision to part ways with Ed Orgeron Oct. 17, speculation had mounted that the Tigers would seek a high-profile replacement.
That had been athletic director Scott Woodward’s operating procedure at previous stops at Washington (Chris Petersen) and Texas A&M (Jimbo Fisher). More recently, Woodward pried national championship-winning women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey away from Baylor to assume the same post at LSU.
And Woodward hasn’t shied away from making public the lesson learned from the Peterson experience.
As Sports Illustrated detailed in a 2018 profile, “Don’t assume any coach is off the table.”
Kelly is Notre Dame’s all-time winningest coach and has led the Fighting Irish to a pair of College Football Playoff appearances among five straight double-digit winning seasons.
The Notre Dame coach has 263 career wins, third-most among FBS head coaches, with a record of 113-40 with the Fighting Irish.