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Mark Helfrich reported to be a candidate for LSU offensive coordinator position

Ed Orgeron wants to run an up-tempo offense at LSU. Is there a place for the former Oregon coach on his staff?

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After going 5-2 as the interim head coach of the LSU Tigers, Ed Orgeron landed the real job in late November.

When he was interviewing for the job, he said he would hire “the best offensive coordinator in football.” For a while, Lane Kiffin’s name was tossed around a lot. But now, it looks like Kiffin will be taking the head coaching gig at Houston.

So if Orgeron can't have Kiffin, who can he get? According to a report from USA Today, former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich could be a potential candidate for the job.

Helfrich thrived as an offensive coordinator under Chip Kelly. He didn't have quite as much luck as a head coach, so maybe he wants to step out of the spotlight for a bit.

Orgeron wants to run an up-tempo offense at LSU, something Helfrich knows a thing or two about.

Helfrich also has a loose tie to the LSU staff, having worked with offensive line coach Jeff Grimes at both Boise State and Arizona State between 2000-2003.

Other candidates for the job, according to the USA Today report, include former Texas offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert and Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Matt Canada.