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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Tolbert out, Gonzales in?

BATON ROUGE - Just a day ago, it looked like former LSU wide receiver Leon "Tyke" Tolbert, presently the receivers coach for the Buffalog Bills, was going to be LSU's new wide receiver coach.

Then suddenly, talks between Tolbert and LSU coach Les Miles hit a snag perhaps over money. Now, the talk in Florida is that Gators recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales may be joining LSU's staff as receivers coach.

Tolbert would be, or would have been, a very good fit at LSU. The Tigers have rarely had assistant coaches with Louisiana roots, which can never hurt. Plus, he has already been an assistant and recruited the state at Louisiana-Lafayette and at Louisiana-Monroe. Tolbert signed at LSU in 1986 with coach Bill Arnsparger out of Conroe, Texas, and played as a backup from 1988-90. He and new recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson would have made a nice pair.
Gonzales jumping Meyer's ship for LSU appears fishy, however. He has been with Meyer since Meyer was the head coach at Bowling Green in 2001.

It's that time of year. Things can change in a minute. After the 2005 season, Earl Lane was driving from Tampa, where he was an assistant coach at South Florida, to Wisconsin for his new job. But LSU coach Les Miles got him on his cellular phone and convinced him to take a left well before Albuquerque, and he became an LSU assistant.

Gator recruits are posting that Gonzales is LSU bound. It could happen. But something new could happen in the next 24 hours.

Stay tuned.


Blogger Joshua said...

So you mean to tell me you wouldn't prefer a hire from Meyer's staff, particularly their recruiting coordinator, over someone who's been out of college football (and away from Louisiana) for some time now? I like coaches with LSU & Louisiana ties too, but I find it hard to believe that makes up for recruiting acumen & SEC experience. And if money is the sticking point, then maybe the deal is even better.

6:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully Gonzales can improve LSU's passing game, despite Crowton.

Correction Guilbeau: Peveto and Mallory were below average SEC position coaches in '08.

7:08 AM  

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