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LSU Hires 10th Assistant, Plus Others

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Tigers add a safeties coach from Rutgers, other staff members.

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As had long been expected, LSU announced the hiring of its 10th staff member today, albeit with something of an unknown name in Rutgers Co-Defensive Coordinator Bill Busch.

Busch, 52, has some 30 years of experience, coaching linebackers, defensive backs and even coordinating. He will coach safeties here. From the official release:

“It’s a huge honor and opportunity to coach at a place like LSU and in the Southeastern Conference,” Busch said. “Coach O is building something really special. It’s equally exciting to reunite with coach Aranda and work with coach Corey Raymond. I can’t wait to be a part of DBU.”

The mention of Corey Raymond seems deliberately targeted at rumors of dissatisfaction by Raymond, or that he might try his hand at NFL opportunities. Alabama used those rumors well in the Patrick Surtain Jr. recruitment (and LSU fans were eager to propagate them on message boards as well) to great affect, by many reports.

Busch has mostly worked in the midwest, and had a stint with Raymond as defensive coordinator at Utah State, where, interestingly, he was later demoted when Dave Aranda was hired by then-coach Gary Anderson. Still, Aranda and Anderson thought enough of Busch to bring him with them to Wisconsin to coach safeties. He was later brought to Rutgers by current head coach Chris Ash, and then promoted from safeties coach to DC when a few schools came calling.

As a recruiter, his track record isn’t exactly bad given some of the programs he’s coached at — he landed a handful of four-star prospects on Bill Callahan’s Nebraska staff 10 years ago, and was the lead on some of Rutgers’ top prospects as well, which is telling given that he doesn’t have any real ties to the New Jersey area.

There isn’t a whole lot more to say about the guy — chances are most LSU fans and pundits had never heard of him until the announcement. People who are still mad about Wednesday will likely call the hire “underwhelming,” even though they’ve never heard of Busch. He is clearly, however, somebody Aranda values. And this hire was very much his call. We’ll see how it all shakes out.

Also, totally making the “BSSSSSSSSSSH” noise any time the safeties make a big play now.

In other coaching news, a very interesting move that had been rumored, and now reported by the Advocate but not yet confirmed — LSU has added former Florida State strength and conditioning coach Vic Viloria to Tommy Moffitt’s staff. Viloria was, just a few years ago, considered one of the top strength coaches in the sport, and received a ton of credit for the Seminoles’ strong run a few years ago. But his star took a tumble with a drunk driving arrest — he was not retained by Willie Taggart, or brought to Texas A&M by Fisher.

Viloria, a Louisiana native that trained and studied under Moffitt, is likely looking for some low-key career rehabilitation under his mentor. He’ll likely return to running his own strength team sooner or later, but for the meantime he certainly adds to the Tiger staff.

Reports have also surfaced about a pair of former offensive coordinators as analysts — ex-Florida OC Doug Nussmeier and ULL’s Jorge Munoz. Nussmeier, a former Saints quarterback whose wife is from Louisiana, has had an odd career. He was once considered an up-and-coming talent with stints at Washington and Alabama, but his brief tenures at Michigan and Florida saw him become a frequent object of scorn. Personally, I always thought he was scapegoated at Florida, where the Gators have been very short on play-making talent in recent years. Of course, both Nussmeier and Munoz will be mostly doing film work here in whatever specific areas they are assigned. Not calling plays.

Nussmeier also has some contacts in the quarterback coaching community that could maybe help in recruiting. While he can’t recruit off campus, relationships can still help make phone calls and introductions for the actual coaches.

Continuing to expand LSU’s shadow staff has been a point of emphasis for Ed Orgeron since taking over here. Expect more hires to be announced in the coming months.