Jeff Grimes was formally announced as BYU's new offensive coordinator on Thursday and he'll hold a press conference in Provo on Saturday, but on Friday he spoke publicly for the first time about his new job.
In a 20-minute discussion with The Advocate's LSU beat writer Ross Dellenger, Grimes touched on a number of topics related to his leaving Louisiana for Utah, including the hiring process, what he envisions the Cougar offense will look like and why he decided to take the job.
Grimes indicated it took some time for him and BYU head coach Kalani Sitake to initially talk after the Cougars let former offensive coordinator Ty Detmer go, but after speaking with a number of people connected to BYU, "I was able to get all the information that I needed to to get to the point where I thought it would be a good deal for me,” he said.
Perhaps the biggest question surrounding Grimes' hire has been what his offense is going to look like in Provo after the Cougars were one of the worst offenses in the country in 2017.
Grimes said he wants to fit the offense to the personnel on the roster but that the run game will be a primary focus, which he hopes will open up play action opportunities.
"We’ll have balance in run and pass in all situations regardless of what personnel is on the field, whether we huddled or didn’t huddle or whether we’re under center or in the (shotgun)," he said. "I see us being a blend of all those things."
As for why he decided to take the job, Grimes said the timing was right, and he wants to be an offensive coordinator.
"I think they need someone with a certain skill set," he said. "I think I’ve got those skills that can help them take the next step. I think the timing was right for me and my family and the timing was right for them as well."