It apparently will now be Friday before LSU officially introduces Cam Cameron as its new offensive coordinator, a source familiar with the situation said Wednesday.
Cameron’s deal was being finalized this week, and barring any last-minute complications, he will officially join the LSU staff, the source said.
Cameron will replace Greg Studrawa, who will return to strictly handling offensive line duties, the source added. Studrawa is also expected to receive some sort of additional title.
Quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe would be reassigned to an administrative role to make room for Cameron. NCAA rules limit FBS level schools to nine on-the-field assistant coaches.
Cameron would be charged with breathing life into a sluggish LSU offense that ranked 85th in the FBS in total yards (374.2 ypg) and 92nd in passing offense (200.5).
For more than a week, several reports have stated that Cameron would become LSU’s new offensive play-caller. Reasons for the delay in officially naming him have apparently included the Mardi Gras holiday for LSU’s staff and a mandatory meeting for Southeastern Conference football coaches Thursday, which LSU’s Les Miles must attend.
Cameron would return to the college ranks after spending most of the last 11 years in the NFL.
He was offensive coordinator in San Diego from 2002-06, head coach of the Miami Dolphins in 2007 (succeeding former LSU and current Alabama coach Nick Saban) and offensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens.
Cameron was fired by the Ravens midway through the 2012 season. Baltimore went on to win Super Bowl XLVII Feb. 3 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with Jim Caldwell as their play caller.
Cameron began his coaching career in 1986 at Michigan, where he stayed through 1993 as quarterbacks/receivers coach. Miles was a Michigan assistant from 1987-94, during which time he and Cameron developed a close friendship.
Cameron left Michigan to serve as quarterbacks coach for the Washington Redskins from 1994-96 before becoming head coach at Indiana (his alma mater) from 1997-2001, where he was succeeded by former LSU coach Gerry DiNardo.
Cameron was 1-15 in Miami and 18-37 at Indiana.