A major point of emphasis this off-season for LSU coach Ed Orgeron was increasing the number of analysts on staff, doubling the number from five to ten. Apparently, it could have been eleven but for a new NCAA rule.
Former NFL quarterback and current Houston sports radio host Sean Salisbury Tweeted Monday that he was offered the opportunity to join Orgeron’s staff.
I want to thank Coach Orgeron and the LSU Tigers for their offer to join the coaching staff as offensive analyst working with Quarterbacks at LSU! Unfortunately, because I privately train QBs who are being recruited the compliance office had to say no for the 2018 season.
— Sean Salisbury (@SeanUnfiltered) August 6, 2018
“I want to thank Coach Orgeron and the LSU Tigers for their offer to join the coaching staff as offensive analyst working with Quarterbacks at LSU! Unfortunately, because I privately train QBs who are being recruited the compliance office had to say no for the 2018 season,” he wrote.
“We shared a few texts back and forth,” he said. “In the middle of May, I came to campus and we just discussed a little bit of everything. To be honest with you, when I went to the building, I had zero idea that this was going to come down. I didn’t. I just went up there to talk offense. I had known Steve’s (Ensminger) background and obviously I’ve been a Coach O fan forever and you don’t turn down an opportunity to come and sit and talk football with that group.”
Salisbury said that within 30 minutes he was offered the analyst job.
Although the process began two months ago, he was informed Monday that the spot would not be available because of a compliance issue stemming from his work with his Let It Rip Quarterback Academy. The “individual associated with a prospect” (IAWP) rule is designed to prohibit schools from hiring coaches and staff members in an attempt to land a recruit.
Salisbury has worked in the past with LSU target and Arizona commit Grant Gunnell, a four star quarterback prospect.
“Even though it didn’t work out,” he said, “I love the fact that LSU did it the right way.”
He added that Ensminger met with him in Houston “for another two hours” a few days after their initial meeting in Baton Rouge to talk philosophy and how to attack defense.
“What a great bunch of guys,” Salisbury said of the coaching staff. “I have the utmost respect. Bummed because, while it’s a brutal schedule and a brutal conference to play in, its LSU football. It’s a dream gig for anybody and playing in Baton Rouge with those fans—like I said, it’s the most difficult building in the world to play in…It was a pleasant shock and pleasant surprise and I wish it could have happened because I’ve thought about it every day for hours since the middle of May.”
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