Privately, LSU officials were furious at Herman’s camp for using LSU’s interest as a bartering tactic with Texas, which had yet to fire Charlie Strong. Alleva denies any offer was made to Herman on Thanksgiving, especially before Orgeron could finish out the regular season.
“I think it’s important that someone really, really wants the job,” Alleva says. “Whether you’re working in a bank or a factory or in football. And it was obvious that Ed really wanted the job.”