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Les Miles is reportedly finalizing a restructuring of his coaching staff that would allow former Baltimore Ravens and long-time NFL assistant Cam Cameron to join the LSU Tigers as offensive coordinator, per multiple outlets.
LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette tweets that no announcement is imminent.
Despite reports, there will be no announcement today regarding any matters related to LSU football.Enjoy the weekend & Happy Mardi Gras.
— Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette) February 8, 2013
Cameron was late into his fifth season with the Ravens, during a stretch when the eventual Super Bowl champions struggled offensively. Cameron told The New York Times it was a brilliant move; the Ravens’ playoff success would verify that.
Cameron spent five years in San Diego, during the franchise’s ascent under Drew Brees and LaDainian Tomlinson, then a year in Miami before landing in Baltimore. His play calling was often criticized as too vanilla, particularly in San Diego where he was ousted as part of Marty Schottenheimer’s staff following a 14-2 regular season. An anemic showing in the NFL Playoffs led to the organization hiring Norv Turner.
Lamentations of being too generic at the pro level are an interesting departure from what characterized Cameron’s tenure in the college game. His last collegiate experience came at perpetually downtrodden Indiana, where the Hoosiers failed to finish .500 or better any of his five campaigns at the helm. IU did boast one of the nation’s most exciting offensive players though, in dual threat quarterback Antwaan Randle El.
Randle El left Bloomington with 7469 yards and 37 passing touchdowns, and another 3895 and 44 via the rush. Demonstrating some of the chops that would make Randle El an asset in the NFL, he also caught four passes in gimmick packages during his senior season.
LSU has flirted with variations of dual-threat quarterback-friendly systems without fulling committing. There’s been a revolving door at offensive coordinator in recent years: Steve Kragthorpe was hired to replace Gary Crowton, but Kragthorpe took on lesser responsibilities as quarterbacks coach due to a fight with Parkinson’s Disease. Greg Studwara has been the Tigers’ offensive coordinator the past two seasons. LSU average 29.8 and 35.7 points per game in 2012 and 2011, though struggled against the better defensive teams it faced.