Plenty of eyebrows across the Southeastern Conference were raised when Ed Orgeron named Steve Ensminger his offensive coordinator heading into the 2018 season. Keep in mind this decision came only one year after Orgeron vowed to bring in the best offensive mind in the country to run his offense in Baton Rouge.

While Lane Kiffin was Orgeron’s rumored candidate when he made his vow to LSU fans, the former Alabama offensive coordinator left Tuscaloosa to become head coach at FAU and the Tigers then turned to respected offensive coordinator Matt Canada. Less than a year into that marriage, Orgeron and Canada clashed and the Tigers handed the OC role back to Ensminger the following offseason, who had successfully run the offense after Coach O was named interim coach in Baton Rouge following the midseason firing of Les Miles back in 2016.

After LSU averaged 32.4 points per game, tied Florida for the fewest offensive turnovers in the league and finished third in the SEC in red zone conversion rate last season, the Tigers have decided to extend Ensminger’s deal by one season, barring a vote by the school’s board. The LSU Board of Supervisors is set to vote on the extension on Friday.

According to, Ensminger’s annual salary is expected to remain at $800,000 following news of his extension.

Ensminger has been on staff at LSU for nine years following his playing career in Baton Rouge, where he was a quarterback in the 1970s.