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Baylor hires BYU’s Grimes as offensive coordinator

Baylor named BYU’s Jeff Grimes as its new offensive coordinator on Monday Jan. 4, 2021.
Baylor named BYU’s Jeff Grimes as its new offensive coordinator on Monday Jan. 4, 2021.(BYU media photo)
Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 10:38 AM CST
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Baylor named BYU’s Jeff Grimes as its new offensive coordinator on Monday.

Baylor head coach Dave Aranda and Jeff Grimes worked together at LSU. Jeff Grimes was LSU’s offensive line coach from 2014-2017 before becoming the OC at BYU. Aranda was LSU’s defensive coordinator from 2016-2019.

“First of all, Jeff is a high-quality person,” Aranda said. “He is a family man. He is a true ball coach and a fundamental teacher of the game. He coaches a physical offense built on explosive plays in both the pass and run game. There is a strong identity in what he does. We will be building to that vision, and I know he will hold our staff and players accountable to that standard. I am excited to welcome Jeff, Sheri and their family to Baylor.”

Grimes replaces Larry Fedora who left Baylor two weeks ago after one season with the Bears.

Under Grimes, BYU went 11-1 this season and was tied for third nationally in scoring with 43.5 points per game. Grimes was a finalist for the Broyles Award this year, which goes to the nation’s top assistant coach.

Jeff Grimes is a Garland, Texas native who played football at UTEP in 1987-90. He began his coaching career at El Paso Riverside High School in 1993. He got his start at the college level as a graduate assistant at Rice in 1995 and Texas A&M from 1996-97.

Grimes has coached at LSU, Virginia Tech, Auburn, Colorado, Arizona State, and Boise State.

Grimes will also coach Baylor’s tight ends. Shawn Bell, who is entering his fifth season on staff, will move to quarterbacks coach for 2021.

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