BATON ROUGE -- Reports out of Baton Rouge indicate Florida State's Jimbo Fisher may be the leading candidate for the head coaching vacancy at LSU.
Tiger fans know it will take big bucks to lure Fisher away from the 'Noles.
As far as paying that type of salary, now a days, you just have to do it," said Mike Serio, New Orleans deli owner and LSU superfan.
"I don't know if any coach is worth that much money, maybe if we got Nick Saban back," LSU fan Josh Huckabee said.
Fisher's current salary at FSU is $5,250,000 a year. His salary demand at LSU would certainly be north of $6 million, along with a lucrative housing allowance.
LSU would also have to pay $5 million, to buy out Fisher's contract at Florida State.
Should LSU pay that much for a coach?
"I think maybe it's a little high, but if it brings money to the school and the community, it would be alright," sports fan Patrick Henry said.
"It doesn't look good, but, it's my understanding most of the money would be coming out of boosters," sports fan Roger Nadeau said.
The Tiger Athletic Foundation and major donors would pay the lion share of Fisher's salary.
Still, some fans say regardless of where the money comes from, $6 million is an obscene amount at a time when the state is cutting higher education funding and TOPS scholarships.
"I think in these economic times I think there needs to be a reality check," sports fan Avis Gray said. "I think it doesn't look good when you're cutting TOPS, when you're cutting education. I think that's more important."
The highest paid college football coach is Michigan's Jim Harbaugh at $9 million a year.
Alabama's Nick Saban makes the most in the SEC at $7 million.
The average pay for an SEC head coach is $4.1 million.
"I think that it is unfortunate what it costs to attract top flight, proven talent in college football in terms of head coaching positions," Gov. John Bel Edwards, D-Louisiana said. "That seems to be the reality of the situation."
Gov. Edwards is also quick to point out, the money spent on whatever new coach is hired, will not be public dollars except for a small portion of the overall salary package.
Edwards also said he will not be involved the negotiations.
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