A look at Ed Orgeron's completed LSU coaching staff

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Saturday February 11, 2017


Ed Orgeron has finished his LSU staff for 2017.

It will be Orgeron’s first full season as a head coach since 2007 at Ole Miss. He went 6-2 as LSU interim head coach last fall and became full-time head coach. He made some staff changes immediately after landing the job on Thanksgiving weekend, and made more changes after Signing Day.

The potential addition of a 10th assistant could change things, but here is the 2017 LSU staff:

Orgeron retained the entire defensive staff. That includes defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, who received a raise to 1.8 millon in 2017 after receiving interest elsewhere. In his first season, Aranda's LSU defense finished No. 5 in scoring D, down nearly 10 points per game from the year before.

Defensive line coach Pete Jenkins came out of retirement to help Orgeron last fall at older than 70 years old, and he is sticking around. Outside linebackers coach Dennis Johnson was promoted from graduate assistant during the fall and will remain in the same role. Defensive backs coach Corey Raymond was also retained.

On offense, Orgeron hired Matt Canada from Pitt. In his one year at Pitt, Canada produced the highest-scoring offense in school history, and he will be paid $1.5 million annually. 

The LSU offense was the biggest problem when Les Miles was dismissed, but it broke several single-game school records when Steve Ensminger took over as coordinator under Orgeron. Ensminger is expected to remain as tight ends coach. Offensive line coach Jeff Grimes was also retained.

Orgeron then made two big changes after signing day. Previous running backs coach Jabbar Juluke was reassigned to an off-field role, and wide receivers coach Dameyue Craig was dismissed.

In their place, Orgeron hired running backs coach Tommie Robinson from USC and wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph from Louisiana Tech. Tommy Moffitt will also return for his 17th season as head strength coach. Robinson is one of the best running backs coaches in the country and will make $575,000. He and Orgeron worked together at USC in 2013.

Joseph is a New Orleans native and has deep ties to the area. Several New Orleans high school coaches were upset by Juluke’s demotion and considered a boycott of LSU, but Orgeron and LSU staff talked with the coaches and worked through it. 

Orgeron is 12-4 as an interim head coach (6-2 at USC and LSU), and he finally landed the full-time job this time. He’s long said he’s a lot different from his 10-25 record at Ole Miss more than a decade ago. Now, with a full offseason to run a program, he’ll have a chance to prove it.

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Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.