Ed Orgeron has reportedly decided on a new special teams coach, at least for the bowl season.
According to a report from Football Scoop, the Tigers are expected to bring long-time NFL special teams coordinator Bobby April on staff full time. As for now, the school has hired him as a special teams analyst for the bowl season, which will conclude with a game against Louisville in the Citrus Bowl. At that time, it’s believed Orgeron will make a decision on a full-time role.
The Louisiana ties are deep with April, who is well known throughout the state. He is from New Orleans, coached at Chalmette High School outside of New Orleans, was an assistant coach/special teams coordinator with the Saints and was a tight ends coach at Tulane.
The 63 year old has 40 years of coaching experience under his belt, including NFL stints with the Falcons, Steelers, Saints, Rams, Bills, Eagles, Raiders, Jets and most recently the Tennessee Titans.
April is a two-time NFL special teams coach of the year, winning the honor in 2004 and 2008 while coaching for the Buffalo Bills.
April was fired by Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey in October after a poor showing from the team’s special teams unit. The Nicholls State grad has not coached in college football since a one-year stint with Ohio State as a defensive backs coach in 1990.
In addition to the Buckeyes, his college football coaching experience also includes stints with Southern California, Arizona, Tulane and Southern Miss.