Cooper joins LSU staff

LSU's search for a defensive backs coach has come to an end as sources in South Carolina have informed that South Carolina safeties coach and assistant head coach Ron Cooper will become the Tigers' new secondary coach.

South Carolina’s defense finished the 2008 season ranked No. 2 in the country in pass defense and was ranked in the five in the country for most of the 2007 campaign.


In 2008, the Gamecocks yielded 159.2 yards a game and allowed only nine touchdowns while picking off 14 passes.


Cooper served at South Carolina for five season and prior to joining the Gamecock staff he worked as the secondary coach at Wisconsin in 2002, and served as the defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Mississippi State in 2003.


Cooper also has head coaching experience with Louisville (1995-1997), Eastern Michigan (1993-1994) and Alabama A&M (1998-2001).


According to The State, which is the local newspaper in Columbia, S.C., Cooper interviewed with Les Miles over the weekend. The State reports that Cooper received a three-year deal at LSU believed to be worth $300,000 a year.


“I just saw what they got going there. It was sort of unbelievable,” Cooper told The State. “They got something special going there.”


“I appreciate everything that coach Spurrier has done. Hopefully I’ve done something to help and add to the program. I wish them all the luck in the world,” Cooper added. “This is an opportunity. I’m looking forward to going there. Every year I think they’ve got a chance to compete for a national championship.”


With John Chavis already on staff as the defensive coordinator, LSU’s staff could be finalized this week as Chicago Bears defensive line coach Brick Haley could also be heading to LSU.


Reports have indicated that Haley could be Miles’ choice as the defensive line coach but that has not been confirmed by Haley as of Monday afternoon.

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