LSU OC Cam Cameron: Reports of departure are ‘not true’

Cam Cameron. (AP)

Cam Cameron. (AP)

Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron says a report about him possibly leaving LSU is “not true,” he wrote in a message to The Advocate.

Baton Rouge’s ESPN 104.5 reported Wednesday afternoon that Cameron could be leaving the Tigers. Cameron denied that report in three different ways. After texting The Advocate, LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette tweeted a statement from Cameron, and coach Les Miles denied the report in an interview with ESPN.

Cameron, 54, just finished his third season with the Tigers, leading the offense and tutoring quarterbacks. He’s in the final year of a three-year contract that ends on March 31 and pays him a current salary of $1.5 million.

Miles and athletic director Joe Alleva said last month that the school and Cameron are working on a new contract for the coach.

News of Cameron’s departure surfaced on ESPN radio’s Sports Today show Wednesday around 11 a.m., just minutes after all of the Tigers’ 22 commitments in the 2016 recruiting class had signed with the school.

Cam Cameron. (Bill Feig)

Cam Cameron. (Bill Feig)

LSU’s offenses under Cameron have finished ranked 39th (2015), 80th (2014) and 35th (2013). The Tigers passing unit over the last two seasons has struggled, ranking 106th last season and 116th in 2014.

Cameron, an Indiana graduate from North Carolina, is a 30-year coaching veteran with stops as offensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens and San Diego Chargers. He’s served as head coach for five seasons at Indiana, ending in 2001, and for one season with the Miami Dolphins in 2007.

In an interview with ESPN later Wednesday, Cameron said, “What kind of fraud would I be if I left today? Every one of my recruits called me. I’m not going anywhere.”

Cameron and Miles are close friends, having worked on the staff at Michigan under coach Bo Schembechler. Miles hired Cameron after the coach was fired midway through the Ravens’ 2012 football season.

Asked about his future after LSU’s bowl win over Texas Tech on Dec. 29, Cameron said, “A lot of that stuff is going to play itself out. I’m thrilled LSU would have me and my family here. … Our experience here is second to none.”

In his first year at LSU in 2013, Cameron’s offense racked up the second-highest yardage total in school history (5,893), and the Tigers set the school record for total offense with 453.3 yards a game en route to a 10-3 mark.

LSU became first team in SEC history with a 3,000-yard passer (Zach Mettenberger), two 1,000-yard receivers (Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr.) and a 1,000-yard rusher (Jeremy Hill) in the same season.

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