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History Class: The Tumultuous Tenure of Jerry Stovall

Bo Rein is the great what if of LSU history. It took the administration four years and two Athletic Directors to finally push Charles McClendon out the door, and restart the LSU program with a fresh slate.

Paul Dietzel spent the 1979 season looking for a replacement coach, only to find the doors closed to him at every turn. Bobby Bowden was the top choice, but we’ve already covered how Florida St’s upset win convinced him to stay in Tallahassee. Dietzel turned to his second option, Lou Holtz, who showed no interest in the job.