By JAMES MORAN | Tiger Rag Associate Editor
LSU’s offensive staff shakeup is nearly complete.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron plans to promote Steve Ensminger to offensive coordinator, a source confirmed to Tiger Rag on Monday night. The long-time assistant and former LSU quarterback will take the place of Matt Canada, who the program parted ways with after one season this past weekend.
The school is not yet ready to make any official announcements, but LSU also plans to add elevate consultant and former wide receiver coach Jerry Sullivan to a full-time position on staff. Ensminger and Sullivan will be part of an offensive staff that includes wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph, running backs coach Tommie Robinson and new offensive line coach James Cregg.
Both developments were first reported by The Advocate.
Orgeron first hinted at the possibility of promoting Ensminger during his post-game press conference following the Texas A&M game. He prefaced mentioning Ensminger as a potential offensive coordinator by saying he “hoped” Canada would land a head-coaching gig. Of course that didn’t happen, but Canada departed the program nonetheless.
Ensminger hasn’t been a full-time offensive coordinator since a stint at Clemson in 1997-98. He’s currently scheduled to make $325,000 in 2018 but will presumably receive a raise in line with his promotion. He served as interim offensive coordinator during Orgeron’s own interim stint and drew rave reviews from his boss for his work ethic and acumen as a play caller.
What kind of offense will Ensminger implement? Orgeron hinted at that when asked if he’d continue to run Canada’s offense in the event he wasn’t around in 2018.
“I have in mind what we want on offense, also I’ve been at some pretty good schools; pretty good offenses,” Orgeron said. “So if he would leave, we’ve got guys like (tight ends coach) Steve Ensminger, who I’d highly consider. Done a great job for us last year. But those things got to happen in the near future.”
Highly considered indeed, it appears.