Brick Haley encouraged to stay

Former LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley is left with a decision to make after being offered a non-coaching position with the Tigers

LSU hired two new coaches with only one opening available on the coaching staff.

That leaves an odd man out, one that appears to be Brick Haley. LSU officially introduced Ed Orgeron on Wednesday as the Tigers' new defensive line coach, a position held by Haley until Tuesday. In the press release announcing Orgeron's hire, it stated that Haley had been "reassigned within the athletic department."

Les Miles said during the introductory press conference for Orgeron and Kevin Steele that Haley is now an "intern" for the LSU coaching staff, and he's welcome to stay with the team.

"Brick has done a great job," Miles said. "His contribution here is valued and respected. He’s currently an intern for us. We encourage him [to stay]."

Haley will certainly have options elsewhere should he wish to remain a coach. Texas A&M has made a strong push to have him rejoin John Chavis in College Station as the Aggies' defensive line coach. He may also have an opportunity to return to the NFL where he coached from 2007-09 with the Chicago Bears.

Haley did just sign a new contract with LSU that includes a $100,000 buyout, according to reports. He could work out a different deal and remain on the staff in an administrative position, as Steve Kragthorpe did a few years ago.

When asked what the pros and cons would be for Haley's decision, Miles said it will ultimately be up to Haley.

"Certainly those are things that he will have to speak to, not I," Miles said. "The good news is he’s in position to do the things he wants to do.”

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