ESPN Analyst Says He Wouldn’t Be Surprised If Lincoln Riley Is LSU’s Next Coach

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Will Lincoln Riley be the next head coach at LSU? ESPN analyst Tom Luginbill, appearing on The Next Round, said it’s sounding more and more like the successful Oklahoma head coach could be the high-profile head coach to take the head job in Baton Rouge.

“There’s something going on at Oklahoma right now, and I would not be surprised one bit if the next LSU coach is Lincoln Riley,” Luginbill said during Tuesday’s appearance.

Riley, who is 54-9 at Oklahoma, has a contract that runs through 2025. That contract calls for an annual salary of $8.05 million this season, $7.565 million in 2022, $8.275M in ’23, $7.585M in ’24 and $7.585M in ’25.

Is someone from Riley’s camp leading on Luginbill as a way to gain leverage against Oklahoma? It’s possible when you consider Ed Orgeron will make just over $9 million in 2021 before being sent packing with a $17 million buyout.

But the rumors of Riley to LSU have been swirling, and the media outlets have been hammering away. When asked last week about his absence from the team, Riley was ready to go with an answer.

“My mom text me and asked if I was okay. I promise what I was doing is way more boring than whatever rumors are out there.”

Your move, Luginbill. Let’s see what else you have in the rumor bin.

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.

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