COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Over the last week an LSU football coach has been the subject of intensifying rumors about leaving TigerTown for another gig.
And, for once, it ain’t Les Miles.
Frank Wilson, who wears hats as associate head coach, recruiting coordinator and running backs coach for the Tigers, has been linked with the Troy job, one that will be open after the Trojans’ home finale Saturday versus UL-Lafayette.
According to FootballScoop.com, Wilson has already interviewed for the job soon to be vacated by longtime head coach Larry Blakeney. Various reports indicate Troy could make a selection within the next few days to a week.
Following LSU’s 23-17 win over Texas A&M Thanksgiving night in the regular-season finale, Miles indicated he doesn’t know of a connection between Wilson and any job opening. But Miles does feel Wilson, who joined the LSU staff prior to the 2010 season, is ready to handle a head-coaching gig.
“Obviously it’s a compliment to the program when our assistant coaches are mentioned for jobs,” Miles said inside Kyle Field. “I can only tell you I think he’s a great coach. Certainly he’s going to have a great career. I can also tell you that I do not know the status of any of that. I’m just ready to get on the plane and go home.”
Time will tell if Wilson, a New Orleans native, will stay home or bolt for another program.
One LSU player, a fairly noteworthy one recruited to campus by Wilson, stated after the game that his former lead recruiter and current position coach is staying put.
“He’s not going nowhere,” freshman running back Leonard Fournette said confidently.
Wilson is LSU’s highest-paid assistant at $650,000. Prior to his current stint in Baton Rouge he was at Tennessee, Southern Mississippi and Ole Miss. He began his coaching career as a student assistant at Nicholls State and then moved onto the Crescent City high school ranks, serving stints at Edna Karr as an assistant and O.P. Walker as the head coach.