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Sanford, Loeffler Tied To LSU Coaching Search

The search for an offensive coordinator at LSU is still chugging along in Baton Rouge… much to the displeasure of Tiger fans.  We’ve become a fast food society.  Want a burger, get a burger.  Want to know the population of Hungary, punch a button on your laptop.  Want to talk to Grandma?  Send her a text.

We’re not used to waiting.  And a coaching search of any kind that takes more than… let’s say… three days is viewed as dragging out.  That mean’s LSU’s search is dragging out in some folks’ eyes.  Here’s guessing Les Miles doesn’t care.

When it comes to serious candidates, it appears that Miles’ list is narrowing:


1.  Steve Kragthorpe — The former Tulsa and Louisville head coach reportedly interviewed for the position yesterday.

2.  Mike Sanford — Tom Dienhart of The Sporting News reported yesterday that Louisville’s current offensive coordinator met with Miles over the weekend.  Last year his Cardinals led the Big East in rushing.

3.  Scot Loeffler — TigerBait.com (paysite) wrote yesterday that: “Reportedly, Miles has engaged in conversation with former Michigan player and coach Scot Loeffler.”  Loeffler has been Florida’s quarterback coach the past two seasons.  (I’m not sure last year’s work will land him the LSU job.)  Sidenote — Despite what you might see elsewhere, Loeffler’s name is spelled Scot with one t.


In terms of current ongoing talks, those are the three men believed to be in the running to replace Gary Crowton.

TCU co-offensive coordinator Justin Fuente — according to the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram — has not yet spoken with LSU.  Fuente was one of the first names mentioned when Crowton’s departure for Maryland was announced.

Meanwhile, current LSU offensive line coach Greg Studrawa, tight ends coach Steve Ensminger and receivers coach Billy Gonzales have stated that they are not candidates for the job.

Also, The New Orleans Times Picayune reports that Cam Cameron, Frank Scelfo, and Todd Monken are not candidates for the job… despite other outlets’ reports.

Finally, Jim Kleinpeter of The Times Picayune believes LSU is “interested in finding a coach adept at teaching quarterbacks rather than strategy and play-calling.”

As we’ve noted previously, Miles believes in a run-first type of system.  But he’s also looking for a quarterback guru.  And your gurus tend to be pass-first guys.  So don’t be surprised if LSU’s search lasts a while longer as Miles searches for just the right fit.

 


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