The 3 LSU football assistants that new head coach needs to retain

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LSU football will have a new head coach in 2022.

And when a new head coach is hired, it usually means a new coaching staff.

Typically, a new head coach brings some assistants with him that he’s currently working with or has worked with before.

That means a lot of good assistants usually aren’t retained.

This is understandable. Staff continuity is extremely important.

Sometimes, however, there are situations where some assistants need to be retained.

At LSU, three assistants, in particular, need to be retained by whoever is hired to replace Ed Orgeron.

The three LSU football assistants that need to be retained by new head coach

Whoever is hired by Tigers athletic director Scott Woodward should feel free to bring in his own staff.

But I think the new head coach would be wise to retain three of LSU’s current assistants — specifically for recruiting purposes.

Defensive backs coach Corey Raymond, running backs coach Kevin Faulk, and wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph all need to be part of LSU’s new coaching staff in 2022.

Raymond played at LSU and started coaching for the Tigers in 2006 as an intern. He left for Utah State and Nebraska for three seasons before returning to LSU in 2012.

The former NFL cornerback has deep connections to high schools in Louisiana (he coached at New Iberia and Westgate before joining LSU’s staff in 2006). Those connections would be an important asset for a new head coach.

Faulk also played at LSU, before embarking on a 12 year NFL career. After his NFL playing days, Faulk was an offensive coordinator at Carencro High School in Lafayette from 2013-2017. Again, Faulk would be an important recruiting asset for a new head coach.

Joseph didn’t play at LSU, but he’s a Louisiana native. He’s coached nearly everywhere in Louisiana  — including at the high school level.

These recruiting connections would be invaluable for a new head coach. Whoever is hired to replace Orgeron will need to dominate in-state recruiting — that’s the path to success at LSU.

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Retaining these three assistants would go a long way in accomplishing that goal.