(AP) LSU assistant Joe Brady, credited as the catalyst to the Tigers' offensive transformation, intends to remain at the school and coach Ed Orgeron noted both sides are close to finalizing a plan that will make that happen.
Brady drew a huge crowd of reporters Saturday during LSU's media day session for the College Football Playoff championship game. The 30-year-old passing game coordinator and receivers coach is in his first season at LSU, but is already drawing interest from other schools and NFL teams.
''I hope I'm a Tiger as long as they want me at LSU,'' he said.
Brady said preparing to face No. 3 Clemson on Monday has kept him too busy to be distracted by any speculation about his future. He has hired an agent to handle questions about what's next for him.
''From my standpoint, whether talks are happening with other people, for me I have no idea,'' Brady said.
A year ago, Brady was working as an analyst with the New Orleans Saints. Orgeron hired him and paired him with veteran offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger, tasking them with revamping the offense.
The result has been a record-breaking performance by Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow and the top-ranked Tigers. Burrow has thrown a Southeastern Conference record 55 touchdown passes.
Brady earns $410,000, but a big raise and title promotion is likely on the horizon regardless of where he is working.
''You want guys coming after your coaches,'' Orgeron said. ''That means you're doing something right. I believe in Joe, I believe in (athletic director) Scott Woodward. Scott put a plan in place a long time ago. I do believe that we're almost finalized with the plan. I do believe that Joe's going to be a factor, but you know in coaching football, anything can happen.
''But I do believe the talks we've had with Joe are very, very positive and he's going to be at LSU.''
HOME SWEET DOME
Finishing the season in the Superdome has personal significance for LSU safety Grant Delpit, whose family used to take him to Saints games before Hurricane Katrina destroyed their home in the eastern part of the city.
''I was always going to the games,'' recalled Delpit, who was born and raised in New Orleans until he was less than a month from turning 7. ''I wouldn't even watch the game. I'd just run up and down the ramps inside the Superdome.''
Delpit's family evacuated to Memphis a couple days before Katrina struck New Orleans on August 29, 2005.
''I thought we were going on vacation.''
But storm surge from Katraina swamped eastern New Orleans and flooded the Delpit's home.
''We didn't have flood insurance because people thought that was one less bill to pay,'' Delpit said, remembering that his family was left with nothing but the items with which they'd traveled.
They moved in with an aunt for a while, overcrowding her home, he said.
''It was pretty tough.''
Soon after, Deplit was enrolled in a Houston school.
''That was probably the moment that I was like, `All right, I probably ain't going to see my friends again or talk to my friends again,'' he said.
Delpit's family remained tied to Louisiana by relatives including his grandmother, who was able to build a home in New Orleans after the storm. When he enrolled at LSU, he moved to Baton Rouge, about 80 miles up the Mississippi River from New Orleans.
Delpit wound up making his college debut in the Superdome when LSU opened the season with a neutral site game against BYU on Sept. 3, 2017, that was supposed to be in Houston, but which was moved to New Orleans because of Hurricane Harvey.
After starting his LSU career in the city of his birth, he very well may finish it there as an NFL draft-eligible junior.
''I've definitely thought about that. It's kind of gone full circle, me being born and raised in New Orleans, moving because of Katrina, seeing those pictures of the Superdome ... falling apart, basically,'' Delpit said Saturday. ''I'm so happy it's here; I'm so happy we got here. ... We're doing this for the state. We're doing this for the city. You can't write a better story than that.''
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