Offensive line coach leaving after seven seasons with Tigers
Offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and LSU have parted ways.
Studrawa, the longest-tenured assistant on staff, left the team, LSU said in a statement released Wednesday.
Studrawa, 49, had just completed his seventh season with the Tigers. He makes $500,000 a year, and his contract runs through March 2015. Studrawa’s departure could cost the school more than $600,000 in owed salary.
Studrawa also served as offensive coordinator in 2011 and 2012. He was thrust into that position in August of 2011 when Steve Kragthorpe, hired as offensive coordinator that year, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
LSU’s offense under Studrawa in 2011 and 2012 ranked 86th and 87th, respectively.
Cam Cameron replaced Studrawa as offensive coordinator this past season. Studrawa returned to his role as offensive line coach.
Studrawa left the program to “pursue other opportunities,” team spokesman Michael Bonnette said.
A message left for Studrawa was not returned.
The search for a replacement will begin immediately, LSU’s statement said.
McNeese State offensive line coach Rob Sale, a former LSU lineman, will interview for the vacancy, Coachingsearch.com reported Wednesday night. The Advocate was unable to confirm that by print deadline.
“Stud was a big part of our success here,” coach Les Miles said in a statement. “We won a lot of games, including a national championship and four straight 10-win seasons, with him. We appreciate all that Greg did for this program and wish nothing but success for him and his family in the future.”
Studrawa joined the LSU staff in 2007, Miles’ third year leading the program. He was offensive coordinator at Bowling Green, his alma mater, from 2003-06. Before that, Studrawa was the offensive line coach at Arkansas State.
Studrawa has coached more than a half-dozen All-Southeastern Conference performers during his tenure at LSU. Just two, Herman Johnson (fifth round, 2009) and Joe Barksdale (third round, 2011) were drafted.
It’s unclear how Studrawa’s departure will affect LSU’s recruiting. National Signing Day is Feb. 5.
The Tigers have two offensive line commitments: University High’s Garrett Brumfield and Brother Martin’s William Clapp.
After the Under Armour All-America Game, Brumfield said LSU’s staff stability was one of the reasons he committed to the Tigers.
“LSU’s coaching staff is probably one of the most secure in the country,” said Brumfield, a four-star rated prospect and the sixth-best offensive tackle in the nation.
Reached Wednesday, Brumfield’s father, Paul Brumfield, said Studrawa’s departure is a “surprise” but should not affect his son’s commitment.
“Garrett made his decision more on the school rather than a particular coach or individual,” he said. “I don’t think he would change his commitment.”
Cameron had been the primary recruiter on Garrett Brumfield lately, Paul Brumfield said. Cameron and Studrawa visited the Brumfields home just a few weeks ago, he said.
Collins, Hill update
LSU left tackle La’el Collins is “wrestling” with the decision to turn pro, a source said Wednesday, and running back Jeremy Hill will return for his junior season, according to a report Tuesday night.
The Advocate reported Monday night that Hill was leaning toward bypassing the NFL draft and returning for his junior season. USA Today reported Tuesday that Hill has decided to return to LSU next year.
Sources could not confirm that Hill had made a decision, but all signs continue to point to him returning for his junior season.
Hill, draft-eligible as a sophomore because he did not play his true freshman season, could announce his decision as early as Friday, a source said.
Collins is projected as high as a second-round draft choice. Hill is trying to convince Collins, a close friend and former Redemptorist High teammate, to return for his junior season.
Hill is doing the same with right guard Trai Turner, a draft-eligible sophomore, who has joined Athletes’ Performance, a company that trains athletes for the NFL draft.
Underclassmen must declare by Jan. 15.
Hill is ranked as the eighth-best running back in this year’s draft and was projected to be selected in the third round, according to CBSSports.com.
Defensive tackles Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson are the only two players who have announced their intentions to declare for the draft.
Junior receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. are expected to make the jump to the NFL. Yahoo Sports reported Sunday that they both will declare.
Beckham and Landry are expected to announce their decisions soon, a source said.
Tigers get ‘15 commit
Hanner Shipley, a junior tight end from Marble Falls, Texas, committed to LSU’s 2015 class on Wednesday, Geaux247 reported.
Shipley, 6-foot-5, 260 pounds, is being recruited by LSU as a primary blocking tight end, according to Geaux247, the 24/7 Sports LSU affiliate. He is a three-star rated prospect and the 23rd best tight end in the nation in the 2015 class.
LSU now has five commits in the 2015 class.