LSU Hires Frank Wilson, Tyke Tolbert To Fill Offensive Coaching Vacancies
Just a few days after hiring New Orleans native Frank Wilson away from Tennessee, Les Miles and the LSU Tigers named Buffalo Bills WR coach Tyke Tolbert to the same position for the purple and gold.
Tolbert brings plenty of experience back to his alma mater where he played from 1988-1990. Tolbert coached wide receivers in the NFL at Detroit and Arizona before landing in Buffalo. Tyke Tolbert also coached on the college level at Louisiana-Monroe, Ohio University, Auburn, Louisiana-Lafayette, and Florida.
Tolbert was looking to leave Buffalo ever since head coach Dick Jauron has been booted from the Bills. Tolbert fills a position vacated by DJ McCarthy, who Miles officially relieved of duty yesterday, but talks of McCarthy being out of a job have been swirling quite a while.
McCarthy has been implicated in a recruiting misdeed with a single player, LSU's compliance dept. is currently investigating the claim. Miles has made some very good hires as head coach and a few head scratchers, and no doubt DJ McCarthy falls under the latter.
Tolbert, who hails from Conroe, Texas, will finish out the year in Buffalo before reporting to his new gig.
Frank Wilson is only 36, but already has made a name for himself. He started out at Karr High School in New Orleans as an assistant coach/offensive coordinator. Karr reached the state finals in class 3A in 1999 en route to their best offensive season in school history.
From Karr, Wilson went on to coach O.P. Walker High in New Orleans. At Walker, Wilson garnered many Coach of the Year awards, especially in 2002, when the school went to the state finals.
Wilson caught the eye of Louisiana native and Ole Miss bound Ed Orgeron in 2005, and Coach O hired Wilson as a running back coach. Wilson was known as a tireless and wildy effective recruiter while at Ole Miss.
After Orgeron was fired in 2007, Wilson spent the 2008 season at the University of Southern Mississippi as a running back coach before reuniting with Orgeron at Tennessee under Lane Kiffin.
Kiffin hired Wilson to tutor the Wide Receivers in Knoxville, but will coach RBs at LSU and fill the spot left vacant by recruiter extraordinaire Larry Porter, who left LSU to become the head coach at the University of Memphis.
Les Miles gives Wilson a chance to come back home as well as fill the recruiting void left by Porter's departure. Wilson knows Louisiana very well and should be a fixture in New Orleans and surrounding areas in recruiting.
Kiffin offered Wilson a raise to stay on staff, but the call to go home as well as a matching raise from LSU was too desirable for Wilson not to heed.
The understanding and surprisingly gracious Lane Kiffin stated about Wilson making the move, "We're just glad for Frank from the standpoint of he does get to go home, that's a big deal to him and his wife and family. They have so many people down there in Louisiana. Obviously, that was a big reason because he knows the direction of our program and where we're going and what our offense did this year."
Kiffin added, "We lose a lot in Frank. He's a great coach and a great recruiter."
Wilson officially joined the LSU staff Tuesday and has already started recruiting for the Tigers.
In what seems like the beginning of sweeping changes to the offensive coaching staff, two other names that have been mentioned as possible departures are offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and possibly even offensive coordinator Gary Crowton.
The Tigers ranked 108 in total offense in 2009 under Crowton. A far fall from 26th in '07, which statistically is LSU's best offensive season in its history. Stay tuned.
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