How LSU Football will balance having an interim head coach and Brian Kelly the next few weeks

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LSU football is in a very strange position right now.

The Tigers have a new head coach in Brian Kelly that has been officially introduced.

And they also have an interim head coach in Brad Davis who is currently leading the program.

Davis previously served as the Tigers’ offensive line coach.

How will LSU football balance having two coaches?

The plan is for Davis to lead the Tigers through the Texas Bowl (against Kansas State) before handing over complete control of the program to Kelly.

Davis has already given more responsibilities to passing game coordinator DJ Mangas, who will coach wide receivers with Mickey Joseph off to Nebraska. Davis is also planning to use analyst Joe Henry as the Tigers’ offensive line coach for the next couple of weeks.

Beyond those changes, it appears that Davis is going to try to align his approach with Kelly’s vision.

“The first thing I will do is defer to Coach Kelly in terms of the organization and what he sees as the vision going forward,” said Davis this week (via 247Sports).

This is absolutely the best approach for LSU. It gives Kelly time to get situated in Baton Rouge (and do some recruiting), while Davis leads the team through bowl practices. The fact that Davis wants Kelly’s input is a plus. The culture can begin to change even though Kelly isn’t leading practices.

It sounds like it should be a smooth transition for the Tigers.

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By the way, Kelly should seriously consider keeping Davis on staff. He’s a solid coach and a Baton Rouge native. There aren’t many folks who know the landscape of Louisiana quite like Davis.