Louisiana-Lafayette fires defensive coordinator Melvin Smith

The college football season didn’t even make it an entire weekend without a coaching casualty. On Monday, Louisiana-Lafayette announced it has fired defensive coordinator Melvin Smith.

The decision comes after the Cajuns suffered a 45-10 shellacking at the hands of Boise State in the season-opener, while giving up 584 yards of total offense.

“We appreciate everything that Melvin has done for us since coming here, and we wish he and his family nothing but the best in the future,” head coach Mark Hudspeth said in a statement released by the university. “Making a change is never easy, but we feel this was the necessary thing to do for the success of our program.”

With Smith now on the outs, the team will turn to linebackers coach Mike Lucas to take over as defensive coordinator for the remainder of the season.

Louisiana-Lafayette returns to action this weekend, playing host to McNeese State on Saturday.

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