LSU is in no rush to hire an offensive coordinator or a special teams coordinator, coach Ed Orgeron said Sunday.
In fact, the Tigers plan on handling the special teams job "in house" during preparations for their Dec. 31 meeting with Louisville in the Citrus Bowl.
"I think we’re going to handle that in-house. We may get a consultant to come on over," Orgeron said. "Obviously, if the right guy is available, we’ll hire him. But I don’t anticipate that happening before the game. It may or may not, but we’re planning to handle it in-house right now."
Orgeron dismissed special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto on his first day as full time coach last Saturday, ending Peveto's three-year stint with the program. The Tigers are also in search of an offensive coordinator, Orgeron said during his introductory news conference. He's targeting Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, The Advocate reported on Nov. 25.
Kiffin might be off the market, though. The former Southern Cal and Tennessee coach was scheduled Sunday to interview with Houston officials for the Cougars head coaching job.
"I think we’re going to take our time," Orgeron said. "We’re going to see how everything pans out. There’s some things that we want to get done, people that we’re recruiting. Things are going to fall into place, but as we say, we’re going to take our time, take it one day at a time, see how it goes."
Interim offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger is expected to call plays for the bowl game if the Tigers do not hire a replacement soon. Ensminger will remain on the Tigers staff, Orgeron said, after the program hires a new coordinator.
Other staff moves are possible. Orgeron will evaluate his assistants after the Tigers' bowl game, he said. Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is locked in. He agreed to a new three-year contract with the program, giving him a raise and an additional title of associate head coach.
'Never over til it's over'
Orgeron is in the process of re-recruiting his football players.
The coach has met with "most" of the draft-eligible juniors who are toying with leaving early for the NFL, he said Sunday, but none of them have told him yet that they plan to leave.
The Advocate reported earlier in the week that the staff expects to lose early running back Leonard Fournette and safety Jamal Adams, two projected first-round NFL draft picks. The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is Jan. 16.
“Most of them we have sat down and talked to," Orgeron said. "Some of them are still up in the air. Some of them are kind of leaning one way or the other."
Other potential draft-eligible underclassmen on the team who are deciding on their futures include defensive tackle Davon Godchaux, receivers Malachi Dupre and D.J. Chark, defensive linemen Frank Herron and Greg Gilmore, tackle K.J. Malone and redshirt sophomore Will Clapp. Defensive tackle Christian LaCouture, a senior who missed the season with a knee injury, participated in senior day ceremonies and will not seek a redshirt.
Godchaux, a three-year starter on LSU’s defensive line, could be headed out early, according to one draft analyst who has received calls from agents concerning Godchaux - a sign the Plaquemine native could jump to the pros.
"It’s never over till it’s over, just like recruiting," Orgeron said.
James Bewers contributed to this report.