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Former LSU coach Les Miles wanted Steve Ensminger to be his offensive coordinator in 2011.

Les Miles wanted Steve Ensminger as his offensive coordinator, too

Nick Suss

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Oh really now?

During his introductory news conference as LSU’s new offensive coordinator, Steve Ensminger made it pretty clear that he’d been asked to be LSU’s offensive coordinator in the past. Everyone assumed he referenced Ed Orgeron asking him to stay on full time after his interim stint in 2016.

Turns out that might not be true, according to an interview with former LSU coach Les Miles on Matt Moscona’s radio show.

As is referenced in the above tweet, Miles said he offered the offensive coordinator job to Ensminger leading into the 2011 season. Ensminger claims he turned it down and the job eventually went to offensive line coach Greg Studrawa. Studrawa held the job for two years before handing it over to Cam Cameron, who served as offensive coordinator through the end of Miles’ tenure.

If this is the case, the question shifts from “Why?” to “Why now?” for Ensminger. Taking over the offense heading into 2011 would’ve been as easy as can be. LSU had two senior quarterbacks returning, three future NFL running backs and four future NFL wide receivers, including freshmen Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry.

The current Tigers offense has virtually none of that. No experience at quarterback. No experience at running back. Experience but little consistency at receiver. Two new starters on an offensive line with a new position coach. This is a true offensive rebuild.

So, why now? If Ensminger didn’t want to take over one of the steadiest offenses LSU’s ever had, why take over a project? Perhaps he wants to be a builder, not a maintainer. Sometimes it’s easier to install an offense when there are no expectations than it is to make high expectations work out.

Either way, this revelation is intriguing. Ensminger must’ve had a change of heart. And something must’ve caused it.

In Leonard Fournette news

Less than a week ahead of the biggest football game of his life, former LSU running back and Jacksonville Jaguars rookie Leonard Fournette was involved in a three-car accident Tuesday. Fournette is fine; no one reported any injuries.

But his Maybach can’t say the same. Fournette lost the bumper off his car. But being a good sport about it, he signed the bumper and gave it to the officer who arrived on the scene.

This will not prevent Fournette from playing when the Jaguars take on the New England Patriots on Sunday. But it might incentivize him to earn a little more for his playoff bonus.

Ice storm 2018

For the second time in two months, Baton Rouge became a winter wonderland Tuesday night. LSU canceled all classes for Wednesday as the roads have iced over and likely won’t thaw until morning.

If you got stuck on campus or couldn’t get home Tuesday, I hope you find your way safely. On the plus side, we got some pretty sweet pictures of Baton Rouge dusted in ice and some light snow.

Feast your eyes upon these:

In bowl news

LSU products Christian LaCouture and Darrel Williams earned invites to the 2018 Senior Bowl this week, joining wide receiver DJ Chark as LSU Tigers who’ll be playing in the game. The Senior Bowl will be played on Jan. 27 in Mobile, Ala.

As for some professionals, linebackers Kwon Alexander and Deion Jones were both invited to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday. Jones made 138 tackles with 3 interceptions and a sack for the Atlanta Falcons in 2017, while Alexander made 97 tackles with 3 interceptions and a forced fumble for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In LSU baseball news

With college baseball season now less than a month away, D1Baseball.com released its preseason Top 25 poll on Tuesday, slotting the LSU baseball team at No. 16. As high as No. 16 feels, that’s still eighth among SEC teams, headlined by No. 1 Florida, the defending national champions.

LSU opens its season on Feb. 16 for a home series versus Notre Dame, the previous home of coach Paul Mainieri.

In LSU basketball news

The LSU basketball team lost a nail-biter versus Georgia on Tuesday night, dropping its third straight SEC home game 61-60. The loss dropped LSU to 2-3 in SEC play and 11-6 on the season.

LSU returns to action on Saturday for a road matchup against the Vanderbilt Commodores. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.

Today in arbitrary anniversaries

I bet a lot of y’all reading this column are New Orleans Saints fans. And that means there are plenty of you who are probably still mad at the Minnesota Vikings right now. So, let’s revisit the lowest moment in Vikings history to make you feel better.

On this day in 1999, Minnesota Vikings kicker Gary Anderson missed a 39-yard kick with 2 minutes, 11 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship Game. It was Anderson’s first missed kick of the year after going 35 for 35 in the regular season.

The Falcons went on to win the game and advanced to the Super Bowl. The 15-1 Vikings went home without so much as a conference title. And the Vikings still don’t have a Super Bowl win.

So, there’s that, Saints fans. At least y’all have one ring.

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