A look at possible LSU candidates

Shaka Smart will surely bring energy as host of a rally for President Barack Obama on Saturday. Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Now that we've reported that LSU's Trent Johnson is leaving for TCU, it's time to look at possible replacements.

We've broken it into three categories: LSU/region connected guys, Duke-connected guys (LSU athletic director Joe Alleva was the AD at Duke before coming to Baton Rouge) and go-for-broke national candidates (don't rule these out. Remember, women's coach Nikki Caldwell was not somebody with LSU ties and was a hot name in her sport).

Certainly, this is just a starting point. It's far from a definitive list.

LSU/Regional connections:

Scott Drew: Son of Homer Drew (Dale Brown assistant) , big winner with two elite eights in three years at Baylor. The NCAA has already sniffed around the Baylor program. Will Joe Alleva be OK with that? And would he leave Baylor for LSU?

Johnny Jones: Louisiana native who played for Dale Brown, interviewed for the LSU job when Johnson got it. He was there for Lester Earl situation. He has a good, but not a great record at North Texas (190-146 and 91-88 Sun Belt Conference record, two NCAA tournament trips in 11 years).

Buzz Williams: He's from Texas and coached as an assistant at Northwestern State in Louisiana and for one year as head coach at New Orleans. He's had success at Marquette: What to make of that? Some would suggest the upside at LSU in the SEC vs. Marquette in the Big East makes LSU attractive. But Marquette is a great job situation for a coach (without football, you're BMOC, you have fan support, financial support, etc.). Would he have an eye open for a Texas job?

Kermit Davis: Former John Brady assistant 1997-2002. Has a decent record (180-133) at Middle Tennessee and is 251-183 overall. Similar record to Johnny Jones, but he'd come in on the rise coming off an NIT quarterfinals season.

Bryce Drew: Won the Horizon League at Valparaiso and played for the New Orleans Hornets. Another son of Homer Drew. Downside: head coaching resume consists of one (good) year at a mid-major.

Tim Floyd: Great Louisiana roots, but a lot of baggage.

Josh Pastner: His home town of Houston is only four hours away. With Texas A&M coming into the SEC, it opens east Texas up for more serious LSU recruiting, which could be right up Pastner's alley. He has a great resume with Lute Olson and John Calipari as mentors, plus his head coaching experience

Duke-connected guys:

Tommy Amaker: Good at Harvard, but not so good at Seton Hall.

Jeff Capel: Oklahoma did not go well for him.

Quin Snyder: Would Alleva go for a guy with baggage, even a Dukie with baggage? After his Missouri tenure ended with his resignation, he's now with the Lakers as an assistant coach.

Chris Collins: He was a candidate at Illinois. He's never been a head coach.

Mike Brey: Will the Notre Dame coach be worth what it might take to get him away from South Bend?

The Nationals

Gregg Marshall: LSU lost to Wichita last year in Shreveport, so it's had an up close look.

Shaka Smart: Some LSU folks had a chance to watch Smart's team practice during an early-season tournament this year and Smart's positive energy with his team left a huge impression. If LSU is going to go for broke, that experience might be a motivating factor.

Jamie Dixon: His alma mater, TCU, just made a run at him. He turned them down and they turned to Johnson. Wouldn't this make for an interesting story?