Is LSU still in market for offensive analyst after Doug Nussmeier miss?
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Question of the Day: Thursday, Feb. 15
Last week, news broke that LSU was going to hire former Florida, Michigan and Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier in an offensive analyst role. But as we reported at SEC Country, it was not a done deal. And now we know why.
The Dallas Cowboys are hiring Nussmeier as their tight ends coach, filling a vacancy created when Derek Dooley was hired to be Missouri’s offensive coordinator.
That brings us to a Question of the Day that has been asked by more than a dozen readers since the end of the season. To paraphrase:
Will LSU hire an offensive analyst? Why not Hugh Freeze?
First thing’s first: If the right guy comes along, of course LSU would hire him. Nussmeier was overqualified to be unemployed, as the Cowboys just demonstrated. But fans should remember that this position is a luxury rather than a necessity.
Last year, Jerry Sullivan was sitting around with nothing to do. Ed Orgeron knew and trusted his reputation and brought him into the program. He did so well as an analyst that he was promoted to a full-time gig as passing game coordinator.
But Sullivan was an exception rather than the rule. As far as the search for an offensive analyst goes, an LSU source told SEC Country that “it’s not something we spend every day and night working on.”
An analyst is no more than a human suggestion box for the coaching staff — thus the lack of urgency in filling the position.
Fans are inclined to ask about Freeze since his résumé would also indicate that he is overqualified to be unemployed. But there’s a reason why no school has invited him to jump on board. The NCAA may have cleared him to serve as an assistant in 2018, but the baggage around Freeze clearly is making schools hesitant to hire him in any role.
Even if Freeze has cleaned up his act, any school that hires him will draw NCAA scrutiny. And for a luxury position, a coach who brings NCAA attention simply doesn’t provide a reward that outweighs the risk.
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