No decisions have been made regarding the job status of coach Mark Richt at Georgia and coach Les Miles at LSU.
But with so much talk swirling around the two programs, it got us wondering which is the more attractive position, if both come open?
Alex Scarborough: Let’s be clear, they’re both great jobs. If LSU and Georgia are open, the line of candidates will stretch as far as the eye can see. But for me, the question of which job is more appealing is easy. It’s Georgia, and I don’t think it’s close.
The support is there from fans and administration. You’re recruiting in a state that produces the most SEC players of any in the country. And you don’t have to bother with the West.
Who wants Nick Saban lurking over your shoulder all the time? Just ask Miles what that’s like. Whether it's playing Alabama every year or having Alabama coaches invade the state of Louisiana to poach prospects, the shadow of Saban is ever-present. And who wants to deal with that when you can play in an East that is mediocre by comparison?
Edward Aschoff: To me, Georgia would be the better job. It's in the heart of one of the Southeast’s most fertile recruiting grounds. Atlanta is right down the road, and the facilities are only getting better.
It’s also in the East, which has barely registered a pulse recently, so any rebuilding project shouldn’t take too long. And you don’t have to play Alabama every year.
But don’t get it twisted, LSU is a great job. Louisiana doesn't have the talent pool that Georgia has on a continuous basis, but you can pluck plenty of elite-level prospects out of your backyard and there’s always nearby Texas and Mississippi, and you have no in-state rival. The facilities are first-rate and the recent stadium expansion makes it one of the country’s best. The fans are stupendous and the athletic department isn’t afraid to spend money.
However, you have to play in the West. That means competing against Alabama and five other teams that have all shown flashes of greatness in the past four years. Rebuilding will be tougher. Even the Mississippi schools are nationally relevant again. Having to dip into Texas for talent means competing with Texas, Texas A&M and TCU -- not fun. You’re always going up against Alabama, and if you’re losing top talent from Louisiana it can be crushing. New Orleans is down the street, but other than that, you’re kind of stuck in Baton Rouge.
A.S.: I don’t know if you’re necessarily stuck recruiting from your own backyard. Thanks to Saban and Miles, LSU has become a national brand. Having a more sizable presence in Texas is a must, but I think there’s an opportunity to extend the program’s reach even further. Just look at Alabama, which has had no problem going to California or Maryland for top recruits. Don’t tell me LSU can’t do the same. Georgia has that ability too (see: Jacob Eason), but I see LSU as the trendier school right now.
But if I’m coming up with reason No. 1 why I would pick LSU over Georgia, it would be Leonard Fournette. If you can find a quality grad transfer quarterback and expand the passing game to complement Fournette, you could strike it rich. Remember, it’s not as if LSU doesn’t have talent at wide receiver. Whether Travin Dural comes back is uncertain, but Malachi Dupre, John Diarse and Trey Quinn will all return. With Arden Key and Jamal Adams to build around, the defense will be fine, too.
E.A.: LSU might be in the quick-fix column next season with the talent returning, but check out Georgia's current recruiting class. Eason, who will have every opportunity to start next season, headlines the No. 7 class according to ESPN's RecruitingNation, and there's a chunk of talent that could contribute immediately, like Julian Rochester and Charlie Woerner. Let's not forget there's solid, young talent returning on defense, and you can mold any quarterback around play-makers Sony Michel, Isaiah McKenzie and Terry Godwin. And who knows, Nick Chubb could come back faster than people think.
Both of these jobs would be excellent for any coach. There are pros and cons on both sides. But if this is the toughest decision someone has to make in the future, congrats.