The BYU Cougars held a press conference today to introduce new offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes. In his opening remarks, he stressed how excited he was to be back at BYU 11 seasons after being the offensive line coach from 2004-06.
"I'm excited to be here," Grimes said. "Extremely grateful for the opportunity to be back at a place I love."
He continued to specifically thank BYU President Kevin J. Worthen, BYU Advancement Vice President Matthew O. Richardson, BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe, and BYU Head Coach Kalani Sitake.
Grimes also pointed out that several of the former players that he coached at BYU on the offensive line reached out to him and encouraged him to apply for the offensive coordinator position. Those players included Jake Kuresa, Lance Reynold, Jr., Dallas Reynolds, Ray Feinga, Eddie Keele, and Sete Aulai. Grimes did say he felt bad that he could not remember and mention every player's name. He explained that coaching is really about those guys, the players, and forming relationships with them and effecting their lives.
The most important thing for him was to establish his four main goals, right now.
"One of the things that I think is important for any guy in a position of leadership is to state what your goals are and where you are headed," Grimes explained.
Offensive Coordinator Jeff Grimes' Goals
- Put together the best offensive staff BYU has ever had.
- Get to know the players.
- Get to know the recruits.
- Go beat Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl.
Grimes pointed out that BYU has had some great coaching staffs in the past, which is very true. Doug Scovil, Mike Holmgren, and Norm Chow have been some of the most respected offensive minds of the last 40 years. However, Grimes explained his goal was not hyperbole. He really believes that BYU can have the best offensive staff it has ever had right now.
Grimes arrived in Utah yesterday. While on campus, he met some of the players. He said it was very exciting to be around them and have them start to get to know one another. He has not had a formal meeting with the team or the offense.
As for the recruiting, he knows it is a little late to add new faces to the recruiting class, but he wants to get to know the guys who are committed because they are the guys he will be coaching.
LSU has already identified Grimes' replacement, so it seems the Tigers would be fine without him in their bowl game. However, Grimes explained that was a commitment he made to those players there. He wants to go back to Baton Rouge and finish the job that he started.