LSU has finally come to a decision and announced that Kevin Steele will be the Tigers’ defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.
The hire comes two weeks after former LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis bolted to Texas A&M following a 31-28 loss to Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl.
Steele has an impressive resume of defensive experience in college and in the NFL. Steele spent four seasons as the Baylor Bears head coach (99-02) and went an underwhelming 9-36. From there, he spent time at Florida State as an assistant where he won Rivals.com 2005 National Recruiter of the Year.
Steele was hired as Alabama’s defensive coordinator in 2007 and then was named associate head coach for the 2008 season. In 2009, Clemson hired Steele to be their defensive coordinator and he spent three seasons there before returning to the Crimson Tide in 2013. Since then, Steele has been a director of player-personnel and linebackers coach.
LSU fans seem to be very disappointed in head coach Les Miles and athletic director Joe Alleva. Steele is not necessarily the big name they thought they would get, especially after reports these past couple of days on NOLA.com that current Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart was the leader in the search. It’s worth mentioning that Steele’s last game as a defensive coordinator at Clemson was a 70-33 loss in the Orange Bowl to West Virginia.
On the bright side, LSU filled their defensive coordinator role and can move forward in recruiting. January is arguably the most important month on the recruiting trail and trying to recruit defensive players without a coordinator isn’t an easy task. Steele is a talented recruiter that helped Florida State earn the No. 1 ranked class in 2005 and was an integral part in Alabama’s No. 1 ranked class in 2014. Steele is lucky to have a plethora of young talent coming back to LSU and the Baton Rouge faithful will be excited to see how he does in his first season.
*Section Photo credit to Mark Almond, The Birmingham News, Featured Photo (above) credit Richard Shiro, Associated Press.