Jeff Grimes named new BYU offensive coordinator


BYU football announced Thursday its hire of Louisiana State University's offensive line coach Jeff Grimes as offensive coordinator.

Grimes takes over for former Heisman Trophy victor Ty Detmer, who ran BYU's offense for the past two seasons but was relieved of his duties after a historically bad showing in 2017. He coached BYU's offensive line under head coaches Gary Crowton and Bronco Mendenhall from 2004-2006.

He also has worked at Virginia Tech, Colorado, Arizona State, Auburn, Boise State, Texas A&M and Rice. There's no telling if Detmer would even want to remain on the staff, but one would imagine he would if there was an offer.

Before getting hired by the Chargers, Cregg spent three years with the Broncos (2014); Denver's offensive line featured new starters at all five positions.

ESPN's Adam Rittenburg tweeted from his @ESPNRittenberg Twitter account Wednesday night that he was hearing that "Weber State offensive coordinator Fesi Sitake also could join the BYU staff to coach a position group".

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"After his three years at BYU, Grimes served as the assistant head coach, running game coordinator and offensive line coach at Colorado for two seasons from 2007-08".

It was announced November 27 that Detmer had been relieved of his role as offensive coordinator after two seasons. In 2009, the Tigers set several school offensive records, including points in a season (433) and total yards of offense in a season (5,613). LSU still finished fifth in the Southeastern Conference in rushing with 210 yards a game, and quarterback Danny Etling finished sixth in passing with 2,234 yards despite 25 sacks.

Grimes has led something of a resurgence on the offensive line. Grimes has been the line coach at LSU for the past four years, and reportedly will stay with the Tigers through the Citrus Bowl against Notre Dame. In 2001, four of his seniors were drafted into the National Football League, marking just the second time that had been done at any school since the National Football League adopted the seven-round draft format in 1993.

"Grimes began his coaching career in 1993 as a high school coach at Riverside High School in El Paso".

He played football at UTEP from 1987-2000.