Virginia Tech offensive line coach and running game coordinator Jeff Grimes is leaving to take the same job at LSU, as confirmed by a Tweet earlier today from Hokies’ running backs coach Shane Beamer:
@CoachSBeamer: Congrats to @coachgrimey on his move to LSU. Excited for him to get closer to his TX roots. Thanks for making our OL better this past year
Neither Virginia Tech nor LSU made an official announcement about the move, but a source within the program also confirmed it. The younger Beamer also tweeted about the future of the position, which will now have its third offensive line coach in as many seasons:
@CoachSBeamer: Extremely excited about the future here. It's amazing the number of BIG-TIME OL coaches that have called today wanting to coach here! #Hokies
This is a loss for the Hokies, if for no other reason than the turnover at the position recently. Grimes will likely receive a significant raise in the SEC, as the Roanoke Times reported that he was set to make $280,900 this year at Virginia Tech, and former LSU offensive line coach Chris Studrawa was making over $500k. Grimes made some strides in bringing along the struggling group, but it’s not a make-or-break move for the Hokies' offense. Those within the program are confident they’ll find a replacement that is capable of continuing that progress.