Thursday, February 17, 2011

LSU Special Teams Coach

Joe Robinson has left LSU to become the new defensive line coach at North Carolina. The coaching tree has come up with the following potential replacements:

Charlie Coiner - ex-North Carolina Defensive Line Coach
  • LSU special teams coach in 1999.
  • Tight ends coach at Louisville from 1995-97, where he worked under head coach Ron Cooper.
  • Graduate assistant at Appalachian State from 1983-86. Cooper was a GA at App. State in '83.

Joe DeForest - Oklahoma State Special Teams Coach
  • Has coached the special teams at Oklahoma State since 2001, working with Les Miles for his first four seasons.

Tommy Thigpen - Auburn Safeties Coach
  • Coached defensive backs and special teams at Bowling Green in 2001 and '02, where he worked with both Billy Gonzales and Greg Studrawa.

Amos Jones - Pittsburgh Steelers Assistant Special Teams Coach
  • Coached special teams and linebackers at Mississippi State from 2004-06, where he worked with Brick Haley, who was the DL coach.

Other names in consideration:
  • Brian Schneider, Seahawks - Played with Billy Gonzales at Colorado State.
  • Mike Mallory, Saints - DB coach at Louisville for 1 year under Steve Kragthorpe.
  • Eric Russell, Tennessee - Coached with Kragthorpe for 2 years at North Texas.
  • Mark Nelson, Edmonton Eskimos (CFL) - Spent four years total with Steve Kragthorpe (2 at Tulsa, 2 at Louisville). Also coached one year with Greg Studrawa at Arkansas State. (Most connected of the names I found, but comes with baggage)

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