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LSU offensive coordinator to return to Notre Dame, won't serve for New Year's Day bowl game

5 months 2 weeks 6 days ago Friday, December 22 2023 Dec 22, 2023 December 22, 2023 11:43 AM December 22, 2023 in News
Source: NOLA.com
Photo via The Advocate

BATON ROUGE - LSU football's offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock will return to Notre Dame, a source confirmed to The Advocate Friday morning. 

Denbrock spent two seasons with LSU after being hired in 2022. Earlier in December, the newspaper reported that LSU officials were working on a contract extension for Denbrock. 

It's unclear why Denbrock will be leaving the Tigers behind. 

LSU officials said Cortex Hankton and Joe Sloan will serve co-offensive coordinators for the Reliaquest Bowl on Jan. 1, implying that Denbrock will be out sooner rather than later. 

Read LSU's statement below:

Cortez Hankton and Joe Sloan will serve as co-offensive coordinators for LSU’s game against Wisconsin in the ReliaQuest Bowl, head coach Brian Kelly announced on Friday.

Sloan and Hankton are both in their second year with the Tigers. Sloan coaches the LSU quarterbacks, while Hankton serves as passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach.

“I’m confident in Cortez and Joe’s ability to run the offense,” Kelly said. “They will collaborate in the passing game and work with Brad (Davis) and Frank (Wilson) in the running game. They will execute a great game plan for us. They are a cohesive group of coaches and I’m excited about this opportunity for them. I know they will do a good job.”

Davis serves as LSU’s offensive line coach, while Wilson coaches the running backs. LSU’s offensive line was recently named one of three finalists for the Joe Moore Award, which is given to the best offensive line in college football.

The move came after Mike Denbrock departed the staff to take a position at another school.

The Tigers wrapped up pre-Christmas bowl preparations today and depart for Tampa and the ReliaQuest Bowl on Dec. 26. Kickoff between 13th-ranked LSU and Wisconsin is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT on Jan. 1. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

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