LSU hires Tony Ball as WR coach

LSU has hired Georgia wide receiver coach Tony Ball for the same position to replace Adam Henry, the school announced Friday afternoon

Georgia's Tony Ball will replace Adam Henry as LSU's wide receivers coach, the school announced Friday afternoon.

Ball interviewed for the job Wednesday, and accepted the offer two days later.

“Tony is a very talented coach who is a SEC veteran,” said LSU coach Les Miles in a press release. “He’s going to be a real asset for us in the passing game. He’s going to be able to come in and take our group of receivers and develop them into great players. We are excited about having him join our staff.”

Ball, 55, joined the Georgia coaching staff in 2006 as running backs coach. He was named wide receivers coach in 2009, and has coached players like Knowshown Moreno and A.J. Green during his time with the Bulldogs.

Prior to his arrival in Athens, Ball coached at Virginia Tech, Louisville, College of the Holy Cross, Tennessee-Chattanooga (his alma mater) and East Tennessee. He's either coached receivers or running backs at all of his stops.

Ball becomes the third new addition to LSU's coaching staff this offseason, after the Tigers hired Ed Orgeron (defensive line) and Kevin Steele (defensive coordinator) last month. Ball will replace Henry, who left for a position with the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Most consider Ball a better position coach than he is a recruiter. One knock against him is that Georgia's best receivers have headed out-of-state recently, including two of the top three WRs in the 2015 class. Ball does have some familiarity in Louisiana though. He landed Holy Cross' Michael Chigbu in 2015, and he helped recruit Donte Jackson to the Bulldogs.

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