(Special to the American Press)
Last Modified: Friday, February 08, 2013 8:44 PM
Cam Cameron, a longtime friend of LSU head coach Les Miles, will be the Tigers’ next offensive coordinator, according to multiple news reports.
LSU Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette said Friday, however, that the school would have no announcement related to football, most likely until after Mardi Gras.
With recruiting finished, Miles gave his staff time off until Wednesday.
Cameron, who coached with Miles at Michigan under Bo Schembechler from 1987 to 1993, was most recently offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. Although he got a lot of the credit for developing quarterback Joe Flacco, he was fired in early December before the Ravens began their Super Bowl run.
Cameron, known for tutoring quarterbacks, would replace Greg Studrawa as LSU’s coordinator, but Studrawa is expected to remain on the staff as offensive line coach.
Cameron would likely replace quarterback coach Steve Kragthorpe on the staff. Kragthorpe was hired to be offensive coordinator and quarterback coach two years ago, but relinquished the coordinator duties when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease later that summer.
Kragthorpe apparently will not re turn to the staff.
Cameron has spent the last 12 years in the NFL, including a one-year stint as head coach of the Miami Dolphins in 2007, when he replaced Nick Saban and went 1-15.
His other head coaching job was at his alma mater, Indiana, where despite dynamic offenses with quarterback Antwaan Randle El, he went 18-37 from 1997-2001. He was replaced there by former LSU head coach Gerry DiNardo.
The 52-year-old Cameron, who spent three years as the Washington Redskins quarterback coach before taking the Indiana job, returned to the NFL with the San Diego Chargers in 2002.
With the Chargers he elevated second-year pro Drew Brees to the starting quarterback job over Doug Flutie and remained with the Chargers until the Dolphins made him head coach for the 2007 season.
He was hired by the Ravens as offensive coordinator the next year, where he remained until head coach John Harbaugh fired him after a 31-28 overtime loss to the Redskins on Dec. 9.
“The hardest thing I’ve ever had to do as a coach,” Harbaugh said at the time. “Cam is my friend, he taught me a lot about coaching and is an outstanding coach.” But, he added, “It’s not about fair or unfair, right or wrong. We need a change.”
Cameron will be charged with invigorating an LSU offense that has struggled in recent years, particularly the passing game.
He will have a senior quarterback in Zach Mettenberger, who showed promise late last season even though the Tigers finished 90th in the nation in passing offense with 200.5 yards per game.
They managed 219 yards total offense, including eight three-and-outs, in the last-second 25-24 Chick-fil-A Bowl loss to Clemson on Dec. 31.