LSU has hired long-time NFL assistant Bobby April as a special teams analyst, but he has not been named special teams coordinator.
The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger reports LSU has not come to a decision on who will be its next special teams coach. According to a statement from LSU, April will only serve as an analyst during bowl season.
“As an analyst, he can coach practices, handle game preparation but cannot actively coach on the sideline during the game against Louisville on Dec. 31 in the Citrus Bowl,” Dellenger reported.
A previous report indicated LSU was bringing April on as its full-time special teams coordinator. While he may be a candidate for the position, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said the team will not hire a full-time special teams coach until after the bowl game.
“We have our eye on that position, but we got to wait until after the bowl and just see how everything pans out,” Orgeron said in a statement.
Dellenger tweeted that LSU’s coaching search could “conceivably end” with April on the staff full-time. But that isn’t a given.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) December 15, 2016
April has served on nine different NFL staffs. He won NFL Special Teams Coach of the Year twice with the Buffalo Bills (2004 and 2008). He has not been a college football coach since 1990.