By JAMES MORAN | Tiger Rag Associate Editor
LSU offensive line coach Jeff Grimes is expected to leave and take the offensive coordinator job at BYU, a source confirmed to Tiger Rag on Wednesday night.
Grimes is expected to accept the job pending final approval from the school, according to a report from FootballScoop.com. The source said an official announcement could come as soon as Thursday. He’ll coach the Tigers in the Citrus Bowl, according to FootballScoop.com’s report.
LSU has been preparing for this development for weeks and will hire Los Angeles Chargers offensive line assistant James Cregg, the source said.
Cregg and Orgeron were on staffs together at Tennessee and USC. While at the latter he coached first-round NFL Draft picks Tyron Smith and Matt Kalil. He spent three with the Denver Broncos before joining the Charger staff in 2017.
LSU offered Grimes a raise in order to keep him, a source said, but Grimes wants to be an offensive coordinator. He made $550,000 this season and may even be taking a pay cut to make the move to Provo.
Prior to joining LSU in 2014, Grimes coached offensive line at Virginia Tech, Auburn, Colorado, BYU, Arizona State, Boise State and Hardin-Simmons. This will be his first stint as an offensive coordinator.
The early signing period begins next Wednesday, and LSU currently holds commitments from four offensive linemen for the 2018 class.