LSU introduces OC Cam Cameron

Updated: February 15, 2013, 5:29 PM ET
By Gary Laney | ESPN.com

BATON ROUGE, La. -- When Cam Cameron lost his job as offensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens in December, LSU coach Les Miles knew there was an opportunity.

"When he came available, I knew there was an outside chance that he might be available to us," Miles said. "And I texted him immediately, which is not uncommon because of our relationship, and things fell together exactly right."

Cameron landed the offensive coordinator job at LSU and was introduced at a news conference Friday.

Cameron and Miles are longtime friends dating back to their days sharing an office while on Bo Schembechler's Michigan staff from 1987 to '93. This will be the first chance for them to work together since that time.

"It's an opportunity of a lifetime to work with somebody you care about," Cameron said.

LSU hired a new offensive coordinator without anybody losing a job. Greg Studrawa, who has been the Tigers' offensive coordinator the past two seasons, will go back to his former role as offensive line coach. Quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe, who was offensive coordinator until he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease before the 2011 season, will move to an unspecified administrative role on the football staff.

Miles said he wasn't necessarily looking to make a move for an offensive coordinator, but the availability of Cameron made him reconsider.

"I wanted to bring in somebody that would make us better," Miles said. "I didn't want to just bring in a guy."

Cameron certainly brings an impressive résumé. He spent his past five seasons with the Ravens before losing his job during the regular season's stretch run. Baltimore went on to win the Super Bowl.

As an offensive coordinator, he's perhaps best known for his five seasons with the San Diego Chargers from 2002 to 2006, a time when they were at their offensive peak with Drew Brees, LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates.

Known for his work with quarterbacks, Cameron is often credited with the development of both Brees and Philip Rivers with San Diego, for helping mold Joe Flacco to a quarterback who would be named MVP of the Super Bowl and for helping Gus Frerotte get to his only Pro Bowl in 1997 with the Washington Redskins.

Cameron also has been a head coach twice -- one season with the Miami Dolphins and five years collegiately at Indiana, where future NFL wide receiver Antwaan Randle El was his star quarterback.

Cameron played college football and basketball for the Hoosiers, playing quarterback for Lee Corso and guard for Bobby Knight before starting his coaching career under Schembechler at Michigan.

Cameron comes to LSU after four consecutive seasons in which the Tigers' offense has finished in the bottom half of the SEC. The Tigers have particularly struggled in postseasons, getting shut out by Alabama in the BCS Championship Game after the 2011 season and struggling in a Chick-fil-A Bowl loss to Clemson this past season.

"We were good ... but good's not good enough," Miles said. "We want to be a championship team."

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