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LSU officially announced the hire of longtime NFL wide receiver coach Jerry Sullivan who will join the staff as a senior offensive assistant and passing game coordinator.

Head coach Ed Orgeron announced the news on Thursday afternoon. Per LSUSports.net:
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LSU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS - For Immediate Release

JERRY SULLIVAN JOINS LSU STAFF AS SENIOR OFFENSIVE ASSISTANT AND PASSING GAME COORDINATOR


BATON ROUGE – Jerry Sullivan, a 25-year NFL coaching veteran who is considered to be one of the top wide receiver coaches at any level of football, is joining the LSU coaching staff and will serve as a senior offensive assistant and passing game coordinator, head coach Ed Orgeron announced on Thursday.

This will be Sullivan’s second stint at LSU as he held the title of wide receivers coach for the Tigers under Bill Arnsparger and Mike Archer from 1984-90. Sullivan spent the 2017 season serving as a consultant for Orgeron and the Tigers.

“We are proud to announce Jerry Sullivan as our senior offensive assistant and passing game coordinator at LSU,” Orgeron said. “Jerry is widely known in the NFL and college football as one of the great teachers of the passing game. He will be a great asset to our staff.”

Sullivan, a native of Miami who played football for two years at Florida State, spent 21 years in the college ranks before joining the San Diego Chargers in the NFL. Sullivan worked with six NFL franchises during his pro career, most recently finishing a five-year stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016.

“I’m honored to be back coaching at LSU,” Sullivan said. “Some of the fondest memories of my coaching career came right here at LSU coaching guys like Eric Martin, Wendell Davis, Tony Moss, Alvin Lee, and Todd Kinchen just to name a few.

“I have great respect for Coach Orgeron and the job he’s doing here at LSU and I’m humbled to be part of this staff. This is a place I have always cherished and I’m so appreciative to have the opportunity to come back.”

Sullivan was part of a San Diego staff that helped lead the Chargers to the Super Bowl in 1994, in what was his third year in the NFL.

At LSU from 1984-90, Sullivan helped develop Wendell Davis into a two-time All-American and a record-setting receiver for the Tigers. Under Sullivan’s tutelage, Davis set LSU records for receptions in a game (14 vs. Ole Miss, 1986), receptions in a season (80 in 1986) and career (183), receiving yards in season (1,244 in 1986) and career (2,708).

“Coach Sullivan is by far one of the best coaches and teachers at the wide receiver position that I have ever been coached by,” Davis said. “He was not only my coach, but he was also a mentor and a father-figure to me.

“He’s a great teacher and he does a great job of relating to the players. He does a great job of explaining the role of the receiver and how it fits in with the offense. He’s a very strong technician. He really teaches the basic fundamentals of the position. I’m excited to see that he’s back at LSU. He’s going to be a great asset for the LSU coaching staff.”

Sullivan got his start in coaching at Kansas State in 1971 where he spent two years with the Wildcats. From there, Sullivan coached receivers at Texas Tech (1973-75), South Carolina (1976-1982), Indiana (1983), LSU (1984-90) and Ohio State in 1991 before moving on to the NFL.
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21 Comments
The Medicare Tigers Lol
Reply6 months
Why hire ppl who won't be around to build LSU football?? For example, Pete Jenkins was great but now he's gone. These coaches could be outta here as quick as next year. I just think Tee Martin or somebody else would have been much better.
Reply6 months
Pete Jenkins was there only briefly to show and make sure Dennis Johnson the ropes. He pretty much had it any way but just to guide him. But moving forward with Sullivan. Personally I would have gone with someone younger, the special teams coordinator was a bad hire in my opinion but hopefully orgeron proves everyone wrong who doubts him or aranda will be the head man in charge sooner than we think which is fine with me
6 months
I like that O is bringing in guys with a connection to LSU and experience. He is obviously going with people he is comfortable with over splashy hires. Hopefully it pays off. He's probably coaching for his job next year.
Reply6 months
CEO did the same thing at Ole Miss and look what happened.
6 months
But he isn't going to recruit.
Reply6 months
Wow! When I read that list of receivers Sullivan helped to develop, It was like a Hall Of Fame list at LSU! With the current talent and incoming freshmen at WR the passing game has to be good this year! I think this is a very good hire! Welcome back, Coach!
Reply6 months
Piccadilly Dilly!
Reply6 months
I guess this could work out but looking at the records of the teams he has coached on they all registered a win/loss record below .500. I think the last winning team he was a part of was LSU in the 80s. I hope it works out.
Reply6 months
Pretty sure Jerry didn’t coach the defense on those teams. Not very good.
6 months
In all seriousness, though ... the man has coached NFL receivers as recently as last year and has been coaching NFL receivers for years and years at various stops (Jacksonville, San Fran, Arizona.) I wouldn't argue with his qualifications.
Reply6 months
I see the wing T and statue of liberty in our future
Reply6 months
Also, the "Wrong ball, Coach!" play.
6 months
Emphasis on senior
Reply6 months
Did he forget to put his dentures in for the photo?!
Reply6 months
"Senior offensive assistant and passing game coordinator" He definitely has the qualifications for senior.
Reply6 months
Yeah, I wonder if the "senior offensive assistant" is no pun, or pun intended
6 months
i died on the inside
Reply6 months
I'm embarrassed.
Reply6 months
Lsu and the captain should be but they aren’t.
6 months
Air Picadilly!
6 months
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