Bobby April, a longtime NFL coach from Chalmette, will serve as LSU's special teams analyst through the bowl game, but graduate assistant Carter Blount will coach the special teams unit.
April, a 63-year old who has not coached in college since 1990, has served as a special teams consultant for the team for the last several weeks. As an analyst, he can handle game preparation but cannot actively coach in practice or on the sideline during the game against Louisville on Dec. 31 in the Citrus Bowl.
"We are very fortunate to have Coach April join our staff,” coach Ed Orgeron said in a statement released by the school. “He is one of the best special teams coaches in the history of football and our players will benefit tremendously because of Coach April’s knowledge of the game."
Blount joined the program in February after serving as a graduate assistant at Georgia.
Orgeron fired special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto on his first day of having the permanent head coaching job on Nov. 26. Orgeron suggested Wednesday that he would not hire a full-time replacement until after the bowl game.
April's position could be a temporary role.
"We have our eye on that position, but we got to wait until after the bowl and just see how everything pans out," he said.
Matt Canada scored his first points as LSU's offensive coordinator Wednesday night.
April has coached special teams at nine different NFL teams over the last 25 years. He served as secondary coach at Ohio State, his last college gig in 1990.
He attended Nicholls State, served as a graduate assistant at Southern Miss and had stops at Tulane, as tight ends coach, and Southern Cal, as secondary coach and kicking coach.