LSU AD Joe Alleva outlines what qualities he’s searching for in next head coach

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By JAMES MORAN | Tiger Rag Associate Editor

With only two games and a calendar week remaining in LSU’s regular season, decision day is approaching on who’ll be named the full-time replacement for Les Miles.

Interim coach Ed Orgeron has certainly made his case of having that interim tag removed while Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher has been the most talked-about candidate for the second consecutive fall.

With speculation running rampant, LSU athletics director Joe Alleva penned a letter Friday morning providing an “update” on the search for LSU’s next head football coach.

The letter is more or less a list of qualities Alleva is looking for in a prospective hire, which specifies five qualities:

  1. Hard worker
  2. Skilled recruiter
  3. Motivator and disciplinarian
  4. Adaptable to changes in college football — a not-so-thinly-veiled shot at LSU’s now former coach.
  5. Accomplished leader of men

Here’s Alleva’s letter in its entirety:

Dear Tiger Fans,

With just two games left in the regular season, I wanted to give Tiger fans an update on the hiring of our new head football coach.  I take this responsibility very seriously and know the most important job I currently face is hiring the right head coach, leader and role model for the young athletes who choose to study and play for LSU.

I’ve identified a very specific set of guidelines in selecting our head coach. His first directive from me will be to create a culture of excellence and character in every facet of our football program in order to compete at a championship level every year.

He must have the highest standards of integrity and work ethic LSU fans have come to expect.

He must be a skilled and relentless recruiter, attracting the most gifted student-athletes to our university while instilling pride and confidence in parents who entrust their children to our program.

He must be able to motivate our players to perform at the highest level, and to hold them accountable to certain standards of behavior both on and off the field. He must be committed to continuing a tradition defined by character and integrity.

He must have the instinct to adapt to changes in the game of college football, allowing LSU to compete for championships every year.

Finally, he must be an accomplished leader of the young men who will rely on him for strength and guidance and from whom they will learn valuable lessons that will have a lasting impact on their lives.

I’m very confident we will hire a man possessing all of these traits to be the head coach of our beloved Fighting Tigers.

We are excited about Saturday’s game against Florida and hope to see you all there.

As always, we welcome your comments at [email protected]. Unfortunately, we cannot answer every e-mail we receive, but please be assured they are all read.

Happy Thanksgiving and Geaux Tigers!


About James Moran 1377 Articles
James Moran was Editor of Tiger Rag from August 2018 to October 2019. He previously served as the associate editor since 2014. He is a graduate of the LSU Manship School of Journalism.

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