LSU Football: Ed Orgeron makes another staff hire

LSU football coach Ed Orgeron (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
LSU football coach Ed Orgeron (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) /

LSU football reportedly added an assistant coach on Thursday evening.

According to various reports (including this one from 247Sports), the Tigers are hiring Blake Baker to serve as the program’s new linebackers coach.

Baker, a Houston native, was previously serving as the Miami Hurricanes’ defensive coordinator, but he was stripped of play-calling duties this offseason.

This will be Baker’s second stint as a coach in the state of Louisiana. He was on staff at Louisiana Tech from 2014-2018. He had spent the last two seasons on Miami’s staff under Manny Diaz.

A busy week for LSU football

It’s been an extremely busy week for Ed Orgeron and LSU.

After going 0-for-2 in their attempts to hire a defensive coordinator, the Tigers inked Daronte Jones to a deal to replace Bo Pelini this week.

Jones was previously serving as the Minnesota Vikings’ defensive backs coach.

With Baker on staff, it means that LSU only has one more on-field coaching position to fill.

The defensive line position is the last spot that Coach O needs to address.

On Wednesday, I mentioned that former New York Jets defensive line coach Andre Carter is an option for Orgeron’s staff.

Coach O didn’t mess around after a lackluster 5-5 season. LSU’s coaching staff will have a much different look next season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Tigers added Jake Peetz and DJ Mangas (offensive coordinator and passing game coordinator).

Combine those moves with the two defensive staff moves already made, and the defensive line coach that still has to be hired, and it means that half of the Tigers’ on-field staff will be different than it was last season.

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That’s what happens when you go 5-5 the year after winning a national championship. No one’s job is safe.