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Question of the Day: Monday, Jan. 8
Matt Canada is gone. So who’s next at offensive coordinator, and when will we know? That’s the biggest question surrounding LSU right now.
Darrell and Iris Davis got real specific with their line of questioning, and thus earn Question of the Day honors.
Is it possible that the reason LSU has not hired a OC is because that person is still involved in the National Championship game?
— Darrell & Iris Davis (@darrellandiris) January 8, 2018
That’s an interesting thought, but that is not the sole reason a new offensive coordinator hasn’t been named yet.
Remember, even though we’ve known for a couple weeks that Canada won’t return next season, it has only been official since Friday night. And even though LSU announced a replacement for offensive line coach Jeff Grimes just one hour after he left to become BYU’s offensive coordinator, it’s pretty unlikely that all of Ed Orgeron’s hires will be made that quickly.
However, the fact that no announcement has been made does indicate there will be a real search for this position. If it were as simple as promoting Steve Ensminger with no other thought given to the matter, LSU could have done that already.
As for nabbing a coordinator from Georgia or Alabama, there is definitely a chance Orgeron would like to make a run at Bulldogs OC/quarterbacks coach Jim Chaney.
The duo coached together under Lane Kiffin at Tennessee in 2009, and Chaney is a versatile offensive coordinator. He’s been a pro-style guy in the SEC, but his roots are in bringing the spread to the Big Ten with Joe Tiller, Drew Brees and the Purdue Boilermakers in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Another interesting twist? Chaney worked with new LSU offensive line coach James Cregg on that 2009 Tennessee staff. This is very much a chance for Orgeron to get the band back together.
Chaney also fits Orgeron’s desire for “a wealth of experience” at offensive coordinator. His first OC gig was at Cal State Fullerton from 1988-92 before the school dropped football.
However, the Dawgs are set up far better on offense than the Tigers are at the moment. There’s no reason to leave Athens. Georgia will have three elite quarterbacks ready to duke it out this spring. But LSU has shown a willingness to spend more than the $850,000 a year Chaney is currently making at Georgia, so maybe money will talk.
As for Alabama, Orgeron isn’t prying anyone loose from that staff. Last year he nearly landed Lane Kiffin, but that was because the two have a long history together. Orgeron has no such ties with Crimson Tide co-offensive coordinators Brian Daboll and Mike Locksley.
So even though I don’t think Chaney is the reason LSU hasn’t announced a new offensive coordinator, he certainly has to be a consideration on any list of candidates.
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