LSU football made a mistake letting assistant coach leave

LSU football lost a valuable member of their coaching staff on Thursday.

LSU football offensive analyst Jorge Munoz is heading to Texas to join Baylor’s staff under new head coach (and former Tigers defensive coordinator) Dave Aranda.

I found this news quite surprising.

The moment that Joe Brady left Baton Rouge for the Carolina Panthers, I assumed that Munoz would be elevated to an on-the-field role.

Munoz, who received interest from Oregon (as their offensive coordinator) a couple of weeks ago, was lauded for his work with LSU’s quarterbacks the past two seasons.

The former Louisiana offensive coordinator was praised by quarterback Joe Burrow recently. The Heisman Trophy winning quarterback recently said of Munoz “He’s meant so much to me. He helps me get those third-down blitzes picked up every week.”

Munoz was also one of the coaches that Burrow brought along to the Heisman Trophy ceremony in December (it’s rare that an analyst makes that trip).

Maybe Ed Orgeron has something up his sleeve. Maybe he’s planning on filling Brady’s position with a “bigger name”.

While that might be the case, I can’t help but think LSU made a mistake by letting Munoz leave. He was obviously important in Burrow’s development. And with Brady gone, Munoz could’ve helped the Tigers’ offense retain some continuity.

I don’t think this is a make or break deal for LSU, but I do think it’s a significant loss.

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Perhaps Munoz turned down an offer to stay on LSU’s staff. He’s from California, after all. So it’s possible he wanted to get a little closer to home.

Either way, Coach O has a big hire to make in the coming days/weeks.