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LSU Question of the Day: Monday, Nov. 27
Silly season has started in the college coaching ranks. Fortunately for LSU, things won’t be very goofy this year.
Though there is a possibility the Tigers will need to find a new offensive coordinator if Matt Canada is hired as a head coach, at the moment there aren’t many openings for which he would make a logical fit. That means the only opening on the staff is the one being vacated by outside linebackers coach Dennis “Meatball” Johnson, who is taking over for the retiring Pete Jenkins as LSU’s defensive line coach.
Naturally, fans are wondering which direction Ed Orgeron will go in filling that position.
But no word on LB coach?
— peanut butter (@LSUPETERadams) November 27, 2017
Not only is there no word on where LSU might turn for a new outside linebackers coach, but there’s a possibility the Tigers won’t hire a coach for that specific position group.
LSU likely will play in a Jan. 1 bowl game, making Jenkins’ retirement effective the following day. That gives LSU a week before it can add a 10th assistant coach thanks to a new NCAA rule. But don’t be surprised if the planned 10th assistant coach is the one who takes Jenkins’ place on staff — special teams analyst Greg McMahon.
Orgeron has already stated his intent to promote McMahon from analyst to full-time assistant coach, and Jenkins’ retirement allows him to do that a hair earlier than anticipated. McMahon would just be the ninth assistant rather than the 10th.
Orgeron already works with LSU’s “B-linebackers” — pass-rushing specialists like Arden Key and K’Lavon Chaisson — so he might not feel the need for a new outside linebackers coach. Perhaps Canada would be given some autonomy to find a quarterbacks coach so he could solely focus on his role as offensive coordinator.
LSU will have 10 assistants next season. The specific position that the new hire coaches likely depends on what Orgeron feels is the best available fit for the program.
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