A replacement for Louisiana State football coach Mike Archer will be made quickly so the Tigers do not miss out on the high school recruiting season, the LSU chancellor said Friday.
Archer ended speculation about his future on Thursday when he announced his resignation at the end of the season. LSU, 4-5 for the season, has two games left with Mississippi State and Tulane."We have to move extremely rapidly or we will lose an entire recruiting season," said LSU Chancellor Bud Davis.
Davis said athletic director Joe Dean would recommend a choice and the final decision would rest with the LSU Board of Supervisors. Dean is looking for a replacement that comes from a successful program, Davis said.
"We want someone with a reputation for running a strong and clean program," Davis said.
Archer quit Thursday after reports surfaced that Dean had hired an executive search firm to look for a possible replacement. Baton Rouge television station WBRZ said a decision already had been made to replace Archer. Davis and Dean both denied that.
Archer said he did not know that a search was under way until the report was aired. After posting a 10-1-1 record in 1987 and an 8-4 mark in 1988, Archer came under fire last year when the Tigers posted a 4-7 mark.
During a brief appearance before the board of supervisors, Davis said he and Dean did not intend to evaluate Archer's performance until after the season. He said the consulting firm was hired to narrow down prospects in case a decision was made to replace Archer.
Archer, who will be paid for the remaining two years on his contract, said he believed that reports of his shaky status had destroyed any ability he had to recruit.
Among possible replacements that have been named are North Carolina coach Mack Brown, John Jenkins of Houston, Curley Hallman of Southern Mississippi, Dick Sheridan of North Carolina State and Virginia coach George Welsh.
Also was Mike Shanahan, former head coach of the Los Angeles Raiders and a finalist in 1986 when Archer was hired.