MOBILE, Ala. - LSU coach Ed Orgeron is not actively seeking a special teams coordinator, but that could change if the NCAA passes a proposal in April allowing teams to add a 10th full-time assistant coach, he suggested.
"We’re going to see how everything fits if the 10th coach comes," Orgeron said Tuesday during an impromptu appearance at the Senior Bowl practice in Mobile. "We need to see if (a 10th coach is added), but we have some ideas. We don’t know what exactly we’re going to do yet."
Orgeron's nine-person staff for 2017 is currently set, at least for now, but he has not hired a special teams coordinator after firing Bradley Dale Peveto on his first full day on the job in December.
Graduate assistant coach Carter Blount coached special teams in preparation for the Citrus Bowl, with Bobby April, a longtime NFL coach from Chalmette, serving as LSU's special teams analyst.
LSU's current nine-person staff includes Pete Jenkins (defensive line), Jeff Grimes (offensive line), Dave Aranda (defensive coordinator/inside linebackers), Dennis Johnson (outside linebackers), Matt Canada (offensive coordinator), Steve Ensminger (tight ends), Jabbar Juluke (running backs), Corey Raymond (defensive backs) and Dameyune Craig (receivers).
Many expect the NCAA Board of Directors to approve the addition of a 10th full-time assistant coach, but the item is just one of several in a large proposal that includes an early signing day, among other changes.
Bo Bahnsen, LSU's senior associate for compliance and planning, said the program will add a 10th coach if it is approved.
Some Louisiana heat erupted toward the end of the South's Senior Bowl practice Tuesday.
Former LSU center Ethan Pocic and ex-Tulane defensive tackle Tanzel Smart were embroiled in a brief scuffle. ESPN cameras, shooting Senior Bowl practice, caught the physical altercation between to 300-plus pounders.
Pocic bull rushed Smart after some post-play hand-fighting, driving him into the ground. The two exchanged a few jabs before being separated.
"That was fun," Pocic jested about it in interviews after practice.
The two players shook hands after drills.
"It’s all good. We’re just competing. It’s competition," Pocic said. "I knew who he was. He’s a good player."
Several injured players who will not participate in the Senior Bowl game Saturday will make appearances this week at practices and interviews.
One of them won't be former LSU linebacker Kendell Beckwith.
Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage announced Tuesday that Beckwith won't attend any events this week. Beckwith, a Clinton native, is rehabilitating a knee injury he suffered in LSU's 10th game against Florida last season. He's rehabilitating at an EXOS facility in Pensacola, Florida, the same place running back Leonard Fournette is training.
Beckwith tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the first quarter of the loss to the Gators, teammates said. Beckwith has not spoken to reporters since the injury.