Les Miles is out at LSU after 12 seasons in Baton Rouge.
So who is going to replace him?
That might be the most lucrative question in college football, as the Tigers take to a coaching marketplace that is yet to sort itself out.
Some names you won't see on this list are: Stanford coach David Shaw, who isn't going to leave Stanford for any other college job; Washington coach Chris Petersen; or any current or former NFL head coach (sorry Jon Gruden backers.)
But there are some excellent candidates out there, and LSU is getting into the fray early.
Here are eight candidates to replace Miles at LSU:
Bryan Harsin - Boise State head coach
Petersen isn't leaving Washington, but his successor at Boise State is a tremendous candidate. His lack of serious ties to the SEC and Texas-Louisiana recruiting path make it difficult to take him too seriously for his position, though.
Ed Orgeron - LSU interim head coach
Coach O could spark LSU to greater things this season. While it's unlikely Orgeron will be given serious consideration, it's not outside the realm of possibility that LSU strikes out with its top candidates and opts to keep a strong coaching staff together under him.
P.J. Fleck - Western Michigan head coach
This one is the wild card — Fleck has proven that he's one hell of a coach at Western Michigan, and he's sure to move to a bigger, better job this offseason. But can he make the leap all the way to LSU? It seems like a stretch, but if he gets an interview, don't discount his ability to charm. Fleck's relentless positivity could go a long way in Baton Rouge.
Mike Gundy - Oklahoma State head coach
The Tigers need to revitalize their offense and Gundy is certainly capable of doing that. He's shown the ability to bring in excellent defensive players at Oklahoma State, his alma mater, as well. It might be time for a change for Gundy, but would LSU hire Oklahoma State coaches back-to-back?
Kyle Whittingham - Utah head coach
He has no ties whatsoever to the SEC or Louisiana, but the man's record at Utah speaks for itself. He deserves a bigger job (if he's even interested in one) and LSU would be foolish to not consider him.
Lane Kiffin - Alabama offensive coordinator
Nick Saban has done a number on LSU, and the en vogue thing in the SEC is to hire a Saban disciple as a head coach. The logical answer for LSU in that regard is to hire Kiffin, who is young, successful, knows the league, and is offensive-minded. The problem: he's Lane Kiffin. Does LSU, which handled the end of the Miles era so poorly, ask Captain Chaos to right the ship?
Jimbo Fisher - Florida State head coach
This is the guy the LSU power brokers want. They'll let him write a blank check to come to LSU — but why would Fisher leave Florida State?
Tom Herman - Houston head coach
The LSU elite might want Jimbo, but they should be focusing their attention on recruiting Herman, the former Ohio State offensive coordinator who has turned Houston into a national power.
Herman is the one slam-dunk hire out there and LSU has a head start. Is LSU the "special" enough for Herman to head to Baton Rouge?