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Report: LSU picks its OL coach

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Les Miles said on Monday that it might be a week to 10 days before he picked a new offensive line coach to replace the outgoing Greg Studrawa.

One day later, he found his man.

The Tigers will add Virginia Tech offensive line coach/running game coordinator Jeff Grimes to their staff, according to a report from

Grimes spent just one year with the Hokies and didn’t exactly set the world on fire. Virginia Tech was 110th nationally at just 120 rushing yards per game and 99th in sacks allowed.

Before that, he coached offensive line at Auburn from 2009-2012 under Gene Chizik. It’s worth noting that in 2012 Auburn was 85th in rushing while in 2013, upon the departure of Grimes, the Tigers finished first in the nation.

Grimes has also had stints coaching offensive line at Colorado, Brigham Young and Arizona State.

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13 Responses to “Report: LSU picks its OL coach”
  1. Bob says: Jan 15, 2014 7:44 PM

    Miles found another guy who will exactly as he’s told. Funny how at most places the strength of the team is generally the side of the ball that is the head coach’s specialty.

    At LSU, I can count two years out of nine where the offense (Miles’ specialty) has been better than the defense (not Miles’ specialty). But people keep telling us we need to be satisfied with going 5-3 in the conference, finishing second or third in the SEC West and barely winning games like the Outback Bowl over mediocre teams like Iowa.

  2. infrno says: Jan 15, 2014 8:07 PM

    Yeah, having the highest winning percentage in LSU history should be a fireable offense. Good grief, I’m so sick of fair weather fans. Texas, arguably the most desirable hc job in the nation had to settle for someone not particularly proven and their 7th or 8th choice.

    You must have not been around Tiger football prior to, wait, Miles did better with Saban’s recruit than he did himself, so tell me Bob, when exactly did you start being an LSU fan and who exactly would you like to replace him?

    Bring back Curley!

  3. infrno says: Jan 15, 2014 10:39 PM

    Oh and Bob, we lost 2 games (of 3) because of… Wait for it…. Poor defensive play.

    That was this year, we also lost to Alabama last year at home because of….wait for it….. Poor defensive play. Oh and Clemson beat us because of that too, but no one ever blames Chavis. Prevent defense? Fire les, he sucks!

  4. normtide says: Jan 16, 2014 1:50 AM

    How can LSU fans not love Miles? The man recruits and wins. Also, he is a little weird, and that fits in with that bayou culture. Inferno is correct also, hiring a coach is difficult in today’s landscape. LSU’s greatest feat is hiring less
    Les to replace Saban. Getting the right coach two times in a row is like hitting the lotto twice in a row. Affluence is a terrible affliction. Bama fans suffer from it too.

  5. kdbroom says: Jan 16, 2014 7:26 AM


    You’re such the pessimistic fan. “IF” you are an LSU fan, please find another team to support. We don’t need (or want) you.

  6. southernpatriots says: Jan 16, 2014 8:40 AM

    Most here at CFT know I am a generational and genetic LSU alum and fan. My late sainted father was one of the first students in the first class held at the then college when it moved to Baton Rouge, and over the years, my family has put our investments into education at LSU BR and LSU Medical NO.

    Les Miles is the best coach we have ever had in the history of LSU. Not just because of his winning percentage, but because of who he is. He is a good man. He does a huge amount of things behind the scenes to help children and youth, especially those affected by life-threatening diseases.

    When Les heard of the need, he risked his own life in his 24 floor repel down One America Place to call attention to the plight of over 500 Louisiana foster kids who desired adoptive families. He is a great father. His daughter is a great athlete and his son is one of the best QBs in high school football in Louisiana. When they were younger, he took his children to school daily.

    I have tried to get Coach Miles to chew some alfalfa which is sweeter than the grass on the field at Tiger Stadium. How can he be bad if he loves our crawfish etouffee…ha.

    If you get Miles, Spurrier, and Leach together in a room and secretly record it, you will have a hit comedy CD. His players love his Milesisms.

    But the question is not Miles per se. He does not invade, nor compromise the defenses called by John Chavis. He promised his old friend, fellow assistant coach and room mate at Michigan under legendary Coach Bo, and god-father to his children–Cam Cameron, that he would have free reign over the offense when Cam was hired. You will see more of that this season, as Cam is able to get his type of players into the offense.

    LSU in order to make sure to repel the offer of Michigan to get Miles to return or other eager schools to get Miles to coach their teams, offered Miles a contract extension a few years ago. At present it has a $15 M buyout provision. Miles will not be going anywhere for a long time.

    inferno: YOU need to be in the room with Miles, Spurrier and Leach! Bring Curley back?!!! ha!

    Allons les Tigres!

    Best in 2014 to all of you!

  7. infrno says: Jan 16, 2014 9:39 AM

    @SP – That would without a doubt be the funniest thing ever.

  8. southernpatriots says: Jan 16, 2014 12:15 PM


    Agreed! You need to be there, though! HA.

    Through lifetime friends and alums and HOF players at USCe I was provided a tape of an off-field conversation of Miles and Spurrier. It was hilarious!

    I have emailed my contacts at LSU Athletics my concerns that LSU get full-time recruiters for North Louisiana and for East Texas. Too many from Bossier City, West Monroe, Monroe and East Texas were not actively recruited and were in the top 20.

    If all the coaches are assuming that the good players will leave after 3 years of eligibility, then there have to be better efforts to recruit some regions. Maybe Mawae could be hired as an assistant OL coach/recruiter for North Louisana? LSU interviewed Mawae on Sunday but then told him they went with Jeff due to his proven record of placing players in the NFL.

  9. railcarcowboy says: Jan 16, 2014 4:50 PM

    I agree with Bob.

  10. infrno says: Jan 16, 2014 6:23 PM


  11. tigersgeaux says: Jan 18, 2014 9:47 PM

    I agree with the Doc of southernpatriots and all true LSU fans, of which I am one.

  12. ashleypou says: Jan 28, 2014 2:50 PM

    Based on his listed experience and record I am not real impressed, however, Les has made good choices in the past and I am willing to accept his judgement that Grimes will pay off. He is the coach and the final team record will fall on him good or bad.

  13. southernpatriots says: Feb 11, 2014 7:45 AM

    I know this is late but to get this on record:

    LSU has just concluded what I believe to be the most productive recruiting season in the school’s history. From the day after the bowl game, LSU coaches and staff were not in Baton Rouge but on the recruiting trail. Led by Les Miles, John Chavis, and Cam Cameron, and their assistants and recruiters, they traveled throughout Louisiana, Texas, Florida, and other locations bringing excellent athletes to LSU. Jeff Grimes joined with his new colleagues at LSU on the recruiting trail as soon as he arrived in Louisiana.

    LSU has had a huge number of players exit to the NFL over the last 2 years. That is a new reality facing LSU. The coaches do such a good job that the players use their 3 years of eligibility and then go pro. This necessitates great recruiting year after year. LSU was not only able to fill positional gaps and depth but also get players who can come in and contribute immediately. That is most extraordinary.

    Allons les Tigres! Geaux Tigers!

    Congratulations to Miles

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