Jerry Sullivan

Jerry Sullivan, middle, has joined LSU as a consultant. 

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A third former NFL assistant coach has joined LSU’s staff.

Jerry Sullivan, a longtime receivers coach at the professional level, is serving as a consultant for the Tigers, the school confirmed on Tuesday. Sullivan, 73, is working with LSU receivers coach Mickey Joseph in an off-the-field role, team spokesman Michael Bonnette said.

Sullivan, like all consultants, is restricted from working hands on with players on the field or running meetings off it. Their role is limited to game-planning, film study and such. Sullivan joins former Saints special teams coordinator Greg McMahon as a consultant on coach Ed Orgeron’s staff. Orgeron also hired former longtime NFL assistant Bobby April in December to help the Tigers’ special teams in preparation for the Citrus Bowl against Louisville.

Consultants are there to “coach the coaches,” Orgeron has said in the past. LSU is expected to run McMahon’s “system” on special teams, Orgeron said, and McMahon should be in the press box during games this fall. McMahon instructs graduate assistant Chris Forestier, overseeing special teams at practice, and the five position coaches who are in charge of various special teams.

The school is paying McMahon $25,000 for his work, according to documents LSU provided to The Advocate. His pay began Feb. 13 and ends Jan. 13, 2018, according to the documents. Orgeron will "seriously" look at McMahon to join the staff in a full-time role in January, he said. The NCAA approved this spring the addition of a 10th assistant coach to college football staffs. It takes effect Jan. 9.

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Sullivan’s role is all about the LSU receivers. He’s specializing in assisting Joseph with his group. It’s not the first time Sullivan has worked in the LSU football offices. He coached receivers for the Tigers in 1984-1990.

Sullivan has a long history in coaching wideouts at the pro level, most recently serving as receivers coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012-16. Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone did not keep Sullivan on when taking over the program this past year.

Sullivan’s had stops as receivers coach with the 49ers (2005-10), the Dolphins (2004), the Cardinals (2001-02), the Lions (1997-2000) and the Chargers (1992-96). He served as offensive coordinator in 2003 for the Cardinals.

Jefferson cleared

The paperwork is done.

Justin Jefferson, the late signee to the 2017 class, has started practicing with the Tigers, and the school quietly announced his arrival by adding his name to its online roster.

Jefferson, a Destrehan receiver who gives the Tigers their allotted maximum 85 scholarship players, announced last week that he was signing with the program. He’s the third Jefferson brother to ink with LSU, joining older siblings Rickey (safety, 2013-16) and Jordan (quarterback, 2008-11).

Jefferson helps a receiving corps that, in the spring, included seven scholarship players. The Tigers added signee Racey McMath this summer, and coaches moved freshman JaCoby Stevens from safety to wideout last week.


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Chattanooga ranked

LSU’s home opener opponent, Chattanooga, is ranked.

The Mocs are No. 12 in the STATS FCS top 25 and No. 13 in the FCS coaches poll released this week. Chattanooga has advanced to the FCS playoffs in the last three seasons, losing in the second round twice and quarterfinals once. The Tigers and Mocs duel on Sept. 9 in Tiger Stadium.

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