Purple Reign is hearing that Louisiana Tech's defensive coordinator, Randy Bates, has been hired as the new Linebacker coach at Northwestern University. Recruiting prospects report having met with Bates in Evanston this week.
Normally you'd confirm this sort of thing with NU Sports Information, but we learned of the hireing after close of business Thursday.
Bates has a history in the midwest, he's a grad of Ohio State, had coached at Miami of Ohio and was present Defensive Coordinator Greg Colby's linebacker coach at Kent State in the late 90's.
For the past 7 years he's been at Louisiana Tech, the last two as Defensive Coordinator and D-Back coach. His defensive teams have improved statistically during that time.
Expect more on the hiring "officially" pretty soon, but Bates' looks like a good candidate to replace Pat Fitzgerald as the linebacker coach, and to help Colby improve the defense.