LSU safeties coach Bill Busch has now spent a complete season on staff, which wrapped up with a 10-win season and victory over UCF in the 2019 Fiesta Bowl.
Busch had previously worked with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda at both Wisconsin and Utah State, having spent the previous two seasons as the defensive backs coach and later the co-defensive coordinator at Rutgers.
Since 2000, Busch has worked all across the country, holding jobs at New Mexico State, Utah State, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Rutgers and now LSU.
Beyond playing in the Southeastern Conference, Busch is also getting to hit the recruiting trail for an SEC team that’s won a pair of national championships since 2003. And putting on the purple-and-gold polo with an LSU logo has made recruiting a different experience.
“First of all, it’s a national brand,” Busch said. “There are some places that just get ID’d as that. That’s where it’s been different from a lot of places I’ve been. Any airport you are in, or any place, you get ‘Geaux Tigers’. And any time you walk in, everyone already knows. There is no explanation needed about where you are coming from.
“An example of that would be that I’ve been at a lot of cool places to work at. I’ve worked at Ohio State and Wisconsin and Nebraska, some really neat places. And all my friends, as soon as I got the LSU job, I had 100 people say ‘I’m coming to a game’. It just has such a uniqueness to it. Everybody knows about Death Valley on a Saturday night. It’s a national brand.
“So, when you go out, they know who you are. They know exactly what’s going on. They know about the program. They know about the Tigers. It makes it easier. You are instantly in the conversation with anybody, and it can be from California to Maine.”
And with Busch on staff, LSU’s done just that, suddenly jumping into the picture with Utah’s No. 1 overall prospect Siaki Ika (who the Tigers ultimately signed) as well as a number of 2020 prospects in