Les Miles could find himself with an unexpected hole or two to fill on his LSU coaching staff if reports and speculation come to fruition.
First off, the New York Daily News reported Saturday that Thomas McGaughey is “the leading candidate” for a position with the New York Jets. The NFL club is looking at McGaughey for special teams coordinator.
McGaughey has spent the past three seasons in the same role with the Tigers. He also serves as a defensive assistant.
Prior to coming to Baton Rouge, McGaughey had spent the vast majority of the previous 13 years at the professional level. He’s never served as a special teams coordinator in the NFL.
Losing McGaughey might be the least of Miles’ worries, however, as rumors are making the rounds that the Cleveland Browns are eyeing offensive coordinator Cam Cameron for the same position. While Cameron spent the 2013 season at LSU, the previous 19 years of his coaching career had been spent as an assistant/coordinator/head coach at the NFL level.
If Cameron were to decide to jump back to the NFL after just one season at LSU, it would be a rather significant blow to the Tigers’ offense.
In the year prior to Cameron’s arrival, the Tigers were 58th in the country in scoring offense (29.8 points per game), 85th in total offense (374.2 yards per game) and 92nd in passing offense (200.5 ypg). In just one season under Cameron, the Tigers bumped those numbers to T-23rd (35.8 ppg), 35th (453.3 ypg) and 44th (251 ypg), respectively. Cameron also helped turn starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger into a possible first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft. Additionally, the Tigers became the first team in SEC history with a 3,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and a pair of 1,000-yard receivers.
Money likely wouldn’t play a major role in any decision Cameron would have to make. After earning $600,000 in 2013, Cameron’s three-year contract calls for total pay in the amounts of $1.3 million in 2014 and $1.5 million in 2015.
Maybe, though, there’s nothing to the speculation, at least based on a tweet from the sport information director at LSU: