BYU hires Jeff Grimes as offensive coordinator

Grimes has spent the last three years as offensive line coach at LSU

PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) - BYU has its new offensive coordinator.

The school confirmed on Thursday that it has hired LSU offensive line coach Jeff Grimes as its new offensive coordinator, replacing Ty Detmer, who was relieved of his duties after two years on November 27th.

Grimes has spent the last four seasons with the Tigers as the team's offensive line coach and running game coordinator. He coached BYU's offensive line under head coaches Gary Crowton and Bronco Mendenhall from 2004-2006.

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to work, once again, at BYU. It is a special place, filled with extraordinary people and a rich football tradition,” Grimes said in a statement. “I want to say thank you to President Worthen, Vice President Richardson, Tom Holmoe, and Coach Sitake for having faith in me and granting me this opportunity.

“I recognize that with this position comes a great deal of responsibility to all of Cougar Nation. I not only welcome this, but consider it a privilege. My family and I are looking forward to returning to Utah and are ripe with anticipation for many great Saturdays in the fall in LaVell Edwards Stadium.” 

Grimes has never been an offensive coordinator at the collegiate level. He coached offensive lines at Boise State, Arizona State, Colorado, Virginia Tech and Auburn where he helped the Tigers wi a national championship in 2010. 

“I’m pleased to announce Jeff Grimes as the offensive coordinator at BYU,” head coach Kalani Sitake said in a statement. “Jeff has great leadership ability and outstanding experience mentoring young men at the highest levels of college football. He has vast experience working with exceptional coaches and programs during his career, including here at BYU, and we welcome his return to Provo to oversee our offense.”

Grimes, 49, earns an annual salary at LSU of $550,000. BYU does not release the salaries of its coaches.

Grimes takes over one of the worst offenses in the country last year under the leadership of Ty Detmer, who was relieved of his offensive coordinator duties on November 27th. The Cougars finished 123rd in the country in scoring offense and 118th in total offense.

During his stint at BYU from 2004-2006, the Cougars ranked No. 5 in total offense (465.5 ypg) and scoring offense (36.8 ppg) in 2006 and No. 13 in total offense (462.4 ypg) and No. 24 in scoring (33.0 ppg) in 2005.

Curtis Brown ran for back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons behind Grimes’ unit and became the school’s then all-time leading rusher in 2006 with 3,193 yards. Grimes coached several of BYU’s best linemen during his tenure, including Travis Bright, Dallas Reynolds, Lance Reynolds, Jr., Ray Feinga and Scott Young, who all spent time on NFL squads.

It is unclear if Grimes will retain any of the current offensive coaches, who remain under contract, including Detmer.

As a player, Grimes earned four letters as an offensive tackle for UTEP between 1987 and 1990. His first two seasons in El Paso he was mentored by offensive line coach and current Kansas City Chiefs' head coach and former BYU Cougar Andy Reid.

Grimes is expected to coach the Tigers in the Citrus Bowl against Notre Dame January 1st.

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