Minnesota hires offensive coordinator away from ULL

Minnesota head coach Tracy Claeys has finally ended his month long search for a new offensive coordinator.

Wednesday the team announced its hiring of Jay Johnson as their new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Johnson had spent the past five years as the coordinator at Louisiana-Lafayette.

“I am extremely excited,” said Johnson, a Lakeville, Minn. native. “It’s a great opportunity to come home. I grew up there and have been a Gopher fan all my life, so to come back home and be closer to family and to be part of a great institution like Minnesota is certainly a very exciting opportunity for me.”

Johnson last coached a Power Five program when he has tight ends coach at Louisville from 2008-09. He’s also coached quarterbacks (1999-2001) and running backs (2001-03) at Kansas in a career that stretches back to the early nineties.

With Johnson as coordinator, the Cajuns posted some of the top offensive performances in school history, including school records for total offense (5,914) and points (461) in 2012.

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