Ed Oregeron made a bold move in hiring Joe Brady this time last hiring, plucking an unknown 20-something to reimagine LSU's offense. That move, as we know, paid dividends ten thousand times over as Brady instantly helped LSU re-write the school and NCAA record book en route to one of the most memorable and impressive national title runs in college football history.
Brady parlayed that success into the Carolina Panthers' offensive coordinator job, and Orgeron now has his replacement. Like Brady, he's from the NFL, but the other end of the spectrum.
Scott Linehan will be the new passing game coordinator at LSU. Bruce Feldman first broke the news which has since been confirmed.
Ross Dellenger adds that Linehan has agreed to a two year deal worth about $800,000 per year.
Linehan last coached in college football as Louisville's offensive coordinator from 1999-01, leaving to coordinate the Minnesota Vikings' offense. From there, he worked in coordinator roles for the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions and, most recently, the Dallas Cowboys. He also spent the 2006-08 seasons as the St. Louis Rams' head coach.
Linehan was not retained after Mike McCarthy was hired to replace Jason Garrett last month.
Orgeron has trended toward established names in restocking his staff. Bo Pelini was brought back to campus after defensive coordinator Dave Aranda became the head coach at Baylor, and now the 56-year-old Linehan is set to replace a man 26 years his junior.
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