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Sources: Matt Rhule interested in Joe Brady for Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator

Sources tell FootballScoop new Carolina head coach Matt Rhule is interested in speaking with LSU's Joe Brady about the offensive coordinator position with the Panthers.

LSU officials have repeatedly stated throughout the season they expect Brady to return, and had no concerns about him leaving for another college job.

However, the opportunity to become an NFL offensive coordinator would seem to be something Brady would have to strongly consider. LSU has maintained confidence throughout the fall it could keep Brady away from other college programs, but the thought of an NFL team coming after him has been a nearly unspoken, yet ever present, concern for those who bleed purple and gold.

Brady, as we all know, has been an overnight success. His one season on campus has seen LSU leap from 38th to first in scoring, from 84th to second in yards per play, and from 65th to second in passing efficiency. As a result, the 30-year-old has won the Broyles Award and shared the FootballScoop Offensive Coordinator of the Year award with Steve Ensminger.

It should be noted that Brady and Rhule share the same agent (Trace Armstrong), which only adds to the intrigue. Is Armstrong helping make the right connection between Brady and Rhule, or is Armstrong simply ensuring that his client (Brady) will get the best possible deal from LSU?

Sources tell FootballScoop neither party wishes to explore this before the National Championship game Monday night.

Obviously, LSU would like to close the deal on a historic 2019 campaign on Monday night, then close a new deal with Brady thereafter, demonstrating this new-look program will have staying power among college football's elite with the impending departure of Joe Burrow.

As always stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest coaching job information.

Tuesday January 14th update> LSU won the Natty last night...and today Adam Schefter is reporting Brady is headed to the Panthers.