BYU football coach Kalani Sitake announced Thursday that former LSU running game coordinator and offensive line coach Jeff Grimes will serve as the Cougar’s new offensive coordinator.
“I’m pleased to announce Jeff Grimes as the offensive coordinator at BYU,” Sitake said. “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 is a 25-year coaching veteran who has served as LSU’s running game coordinator and offensive line coach for the last four years. He has also coached at Virginia Tech, Colorado and Arizona State and worked at FBS programs Auburn, Boise State, BYU, Texas A&M and Rice.
“I recognize that with this position comes a great deal of responsibility to all of Cougar Nation,” Grimes said. “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 was last with BYU from 2004 to 2006 as the Cougars’ offensive line coach.
He will be formally introduced Saturday morning and announcements regarding his offensive staff will be made once they’re finalized.
Grimes will replace Ty Detmer as offensive coordinator. Detmer was released from his duties as offensive coordinator on Nov. 27 following the Cougar’s disappointing 4-9 season. It is still unknown if Detmer will have a role within the Cougar’s offense for the 2018 season.