In what can only be described as a news dump, Ross Dellenger is reporting that LSU will elevate long-time TE coach Steve Ensminger to Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Analyst Jerry Sullivan to a full-time position, barring a last minute snag:
NEWS: School officials will not confirm the move and it is not yet final, but Ed Orgeron plans to make Steve Ensminger #LSU's offensive coordinator & elevate Jerry Sullivan, barring any last-minute snags https://t.co/RIthmGIrur— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) January 9, 2018
As of now, Sullivan’s title remains unclear, but he’s expected to have a major role in the offense. Considering his long experience coaching the receiver position, it’s likely he could either be Co-OC or Passing Game Coordinator in addition to receivers coach, slotting Mickey Joseph into Ensminger’s old role coaching tight ends.
Ensminger performed reasonably well in the interim role last season and he’s widely respected on staff and known for putting in long hours at the office. Sullivan’s reputation speaks for itself, and he’s coached some elite receivers throughout his career. He should bring some much needed technicality back to the position, which has been lacking since Adam Henry’s departure.
Simply put, this is not a move that will be well received by the fanbase nor national media. Will it work? Time will tell. But if it doesn’t, it’s unlikely Orgeron will get to make the decision to remedy the situation.