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As we touched on in the Bayou Bengal Briefing on Monday, the 2017 season is ending with the craziest batch of coaching rumors we’ve ever seen. Coaches are getting fired before they ever arrive on campuses. Schools are poaching coaches from inside their conference. Up-and-comers and veterans alike are rejecting high-profile gigs for smaller, cushier jobs. It’s a glorious brand of anarchy.
One to which LSU might not be immune.
Rumors have circulated for the past couple of days about LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada and whether he’d be willing to leave Baton Rouge for a Group of 5 coaching job. As SEC Country’s own Alex Hickey wrote Monday, Canada might be better served staying at LSU one more year. But there’s nothing more intoxicating than ambition. And if the right school comes calling, trying to hold Canada back might be futile.
On top of that, LSU might have a de facto coaching search ahead of it as well. If and when the NCAA expands coach limits from nine to 10, LSU plans on promoting analyst Greg McMahon to special teams coordinator. But there’ll still be a vacant spot left by retiring defensive line coach Pete Jenkins. Will LSU try to hire another linebackers coach to replace Dennis Johnson, who’s taking over as defensive line coach? A quarterbacks coach? There are plenty of theories.
For now, just be happy that LSU’s coaching questions are much smaller than the ones in College Station and Knoxville. Must stink to be them right now.
It’s recruiting season, y’all
This week marks the opening of the contact period, making it the first time coaches can go in-home with recruits. As such, there’s plenty of recruiting news going on, and it’s only natural to miss a story or two. Here’s a catchup of some of the biggest recruiting news from Monday:
- LSU secured its first commitment for the class of 2020.
- DBs coach Corey Raymond went in-home with a 5-star cornerback.
- Dave Aranda visited prized recruit Michael Williams.
- LSU has three commits from Evangel, and the Tigers visited all three.
- Mickey Joseph checked in with a priority receiver target.
- 5-star receiver Terrace Marshall recapped his LSU visit.
Former walk-on and now senior linebacker Jonathan Rucker welcomed a new member into his family Monday.
Jonathan David Jesse Rucker II pic.twitter.com/nkLqMlmFIJ
— JRuck 51 (@Popit4_Jruck51) November 28, 2017
As always, congratulations are in order. This very well may be the happiest day of Rucker’s life. I usually don’t endorse reaching out to athletes. They have better things to do than respond to tweets. But if ever there was a time to congratulate someone online, this is the one.
In Arden Key news
Arden Key told the world via Snapchat on Sunday night that he’ll be having surgery to repair a broken pinky finger he’s been playing through for close to two months. Media reports confirmed Key’s social media post Monday, adding that the projected first-round pick could be back in time for the bowl game.
Key played in eight games for LSU in 2017, recording 4 sacks, 5.5 tackles for loss, 8 quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. As a sophomore in 2016, Key set the LSU single-season sacks record with 12, adding 11 more quarterback hurries and 3 forced fumbles.
The junior is expected to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft this spring.
Watch the tapes
As has become a Monday tradition over the last two years, this week’s edition of LSU film study went up Monday. This week, I took a look at how LSU created 4 turnovers against an SEC opponent for the first time in five years in the Texas A&M game.
You can read that story by clicking here. And be sure to check back to SEC Country throughout bowl and draft season for more film studies courtesy of yours truly.
In unfortunate non-revenue LSU sports news
Gymnastics season is right around the corner. And, unfortunately, the perennially top-rated LSU gymnastics program is going to have to spend the 2018 season without one of its best competitors.
It is with utmost disappointment that I say I have ruptured my Achilles. I will be undergoing surgery tomorrow & out for the season.
Tiger fans, I can promise you I will work my tail off be the best person, student and athlete for this school.
Geaux Tigers & Forever LSU.
— McKenna Kelley (@mckennamckelley) November 28, 2017
McKenna Kelley was one of the top performers in the nation in 2017 on floor exercise, posting an average score of 9.90 for the year and a 9.95 mark in the national semifinals. She was expected to anchor LSU’s floor routine in 2018. Kelley is also the daughter of former U.S. Olympian Mary Lou Retton.
The gymnastics season begins on Jan. 5 in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center versus Arkansas. Fans hoping to get an early look at the team can visit the PMAC on Dec. 11 for the Gymnastics 101 showcase event.
Today in made-up holidays
According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, Nov. 28 is “ National French Toast Day.” So, let’s hear it for french toast, the best and most underrated breakfast food of them all.
I get it. Waffles are great. They are. Perfect, even. Pancakes are OK. If you love pancakes, you probably just like syrup and sliced fruit a lot. But french toast? It’s delicious. Slap some cinnamon on there and you have the best wake-up call imaginable.
You wanna know how good french toast is? I drove 8 hours from Baton Rouge to my parents’ house outside of Atlanta last week for Thanksgiving, and I didn’t even stay for dinner. I had turkey elsewhere. Just showed up at my parents’ house for the breakfast because I knew there’d be french toast. And also because I love my family and stuff. But it’s fair to say the french toast played a significant role in my decision.
Because it’s the best. No question.
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