Ellis Johnson has left to become the new head coach at Southern Miss. All of our candidates are DB coaches, while Ellis Johnson was a LB coach. That would cause some possible shifting in the staff to fill the gaps, such as:
- Add LBs to John Butler's responsibilities in addition to special teams.
- Move Jeep Hunter to coach RBs and TEs, replacing Jay Graham, have Zook coach safeties, and hire a new LB coach.
Ron Cooper - LSU Defensive Backs Coach
- Was on staff at South Carolina from 2004-08 before leaving for LSU.
- Was a graduate assistant at Appalachian State in 1983, where Brad Lawing was the team's TE coach.
Ron Zook - ex-Illinois Head Coach
- Worked on Steve Spurrier's staff at Florida from 1991-95, as defensive coordinator from 1991-93 and the special teams coach in 1994 and '95.
Mike Stoops - ex-Arizona Head Coach
- Defensive coordinator at Oklahoma from 1999-2003. Steve Spurrier Jr. was the Sooners' WR coach from 1999-2001.
- Stoops is also a DB coach, so the same shifting would have to take place as seen above with Zook.