Widenhofer, 59, compiled a record of 15-40, 4-36 in the SEC, before resigning under pressure after the 2001 season. Before becoming Vanderbilt's head coach, he spent two years (1995-96) as the Commodores' defensive coordinator under Rod Dowhower. He also had a record of 12-31-1 as head coach at Missouri from 1985-88.
"I view the chance to coach at Southeastern as a unique opportunity," Widenhofer told the Baton Rouge (La.) Advocate. "Coach Mumme and I have always wanted to work together and we finally have that chance."
Mumme, the former head coach at Kentucky from 1997-2000 known for running a high-powered offense, faced Widenhofer four times as a head coach and won three of those four meetings. Mumme told newspapers in early July that Widenhofer was his top choice, but didn't receive an answer from Widenhofer until last week.
"During my time in the SEC, we faced each other on numerous occasions," Mumme said. "I always hated facing that defense. They were always tough and well-prepared. It's great to know he's on our team now."
SLU will play as a Division I-AA independent for two years, then join the Southland Conference in 2005.