It’s official: BYU football names Jeff Grimes as new offensive coordinator

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BYU football has hired LSU running game coordinator and offensive line coach Jeff Grimes as the Cougars’ offensive coordinator, BYU announced Thursday morning. (Photo courtesy of byucougars.com)

After two weeks of offensive coordinator limbo, BYU football has hired LSU running game coordinator and offensive line coach Jeff Grimes as the Cougars’ offensive coordinator, BYU announced Thursday morning.

“I’m pleased to announce Jeff Grimes as the offensive coordinator at BYU,” said BYU head coach Kalani Sitake in a press release. “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 has coached football for 25 years, including 10 seasons as a running game coordinator and two as an assistant head coach, Grimes returns to BYU from LSU where he has served as the running game coordinator and offensive line coach the past four seasons. Besides working at BYU and LSU, Grimes has also served as the running game coordinator at Virginia Tech, Colorado and Arizona State and worked at FBS programs Auburn, Boise State, BYU, Texas A&M and Rice during his extensive career. Grimes coached Auburn’s offensive line during the Tigers’ 2010 BCS National Championship run.

“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 press release. “I want to say thank you to President (Kevin) 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.”

From 2004 to 2006, Grimes coach the Cougar offensive line. During his time as a BYU coach, Grimes led the Cougars to 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.

Associate Athletic Director Chad Lewis tweet his approval of Grimes.

On Nov. 27, BYU announced it had relieved Offensive Coordinator Ty Detmer from his duties. There is no word yet whether Detmer will remain on the BYU football coaching staff in another capacity.

Read more about Grimes at byucougars.com.

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While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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