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LSU wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig on the sidelines against Louisville in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, Saturday, December 31, 2016, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fl.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

ORLANDO, Fla. — Oregon head coach Willie Taggart reached out to LSU receivers coach Dameyune Craig several weeks ago regarding a position on his staff, a source confirmed to The Advocate, and the talks appear to be serious.

Taggart is heavily pursuing Craig, 247Sports.com reported Saturday as the Tigers kicked off against Louisville in the Citrus Bowl. The two have been in discussions, the site reported, and the process is expected to speed up after the bowl game.

Craig declined comment on the report after the game. He and coach Ed Orgeron are expected to meet soon to discuss the report. Orgeron said he had no knowledge of the issue when asked after the game. 

A former Auburn quarterback, Craig, 42, left the AU staff last season to work for head coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Craig was instrumental in game-planning and coaching quarterbacks during the offseason, Cameron said earlier this year.

Many believe he took the Tigers job with his sights on a potentially heavy role in the offense and, eventually, landing an offensive coordinator gig. Miles and Cameron were fired Sept. 25, and then-interim coach Orgeron promoted tight ends coach Steve Ensminger as interim offensive coordinator.

Craig signed a two-year contract paying him $550,000 this year. He’s scheduled to receive a built-in $25,000 raise next year. If Craig leaves, he would owe 20 percent of his remaining salary, or about $115,000, according to his contract.

Craig’s potential departure opens up yet another position on a staff that has seen massive shuffling this year.

Sunday, Matt Canada, hired away from Pittsburgh two weeks ago, will take over for Ensminger as offensive coordinator. Ensminger, the Tigers former tight ends coach, is expected to remain on staff in some capacity.

Orgeron fired special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto on the same day in which he was hired as the permanent coach, Nov. 26. That position has not been filled, although longtime NFL coordinator Bobby April is acting as a special teams analyst. 

Dennis Johnson was elevated from graduate assistant to outside linebackers coach when Orgeron took over. It's unclear if he'll remain in that position.

Austin Thomas, player personnel director, has been recruiting for LSU as its ninth full-time assistant. Defensive line coach Pete Jenkins, expected to remain in that role, has not been recruiting.