LSU was expected to interview Georgia receivers coach Tony Ball on Wednesday for its staff opening, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Wednesday.
WNXX-FM 104.5’s Culotta & The Prince first reported Wednesday morning that Ball would interview to replace the departed Adam Henry, who left for the San Francisco 49ers. Ball confirmed the news to the Atlanta Journal Constitution later Wednesday.
Ball, 55, just finished his ninth season at Georgia, the last six as receivers coach. Ball makes $260,000 a year and is one of a four current UGA assistants who has not received a raise this offseason. He has one year left on his contract.
A source told The Telegraph in Macon, Georgia, that UGA was aware of LSU’s interest, but it wasn’t clear whether anything was imminent. Two years ago Ball interviewed for the running backs coaching job at Tennessee, then stayed at Georgia after receiving a slight raise, The Telegraph reported.
A Chattanooga, Tennessee, native, Ball was a running back at UT-Chattanooga and coached running backs in his first three years in Athens. Ball coached receivers for eight years at Virginia Tech and for three years at Louisville.
LSU has been searching for a new coach since Sunday. This is the first known interview for the position, and whoever is hired will be the third new coach on staff. The Tigers hired former Alabama assistant Kevin Steele to be their defensive coordinator after John Chavis left. They hired defensive line coach Ed Orgeron to replace the reassigned Brick Haley.
Henry, 42, had recently signed a two-year contract with the Tigers that included a $55,000 raise. He was set to make $375,000 this season.