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LSU secondary coach reportedly leaving for Tampa Bay

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Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano has dipped into the college ranks for two of his most recent hires: Pitt’s offensive coordinator Bob Bostad (O-line) and Ohio State’s defensive assistant Bill Sheridan (defensive coordinator).

Now it looks like he’s plucked one more.

Rumors began circulating earlier this evening that LSU defensive backs coach Ron Cooper would be joining the Bucs, and while that still hasn’t been formally announced by either LSU or Tampa, Randy Rosetta of TigerSportsDigest tweeted tonight that he received confirmation from LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette that Cooper is in fact leaving.

Cooper had been with LSU since 2009 and previously served on staffs at South Carolina, Mississippi State and Wisconsin. What role he’ll play in the coaching staff at Tampa remains to be seen.

Schiano had also pursuedVirginia offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn for spots on his NFL staff, but with no luck.

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6 Responses to “LSU secondary coach reportedly leaving for Tampa Bay”
  1. fatfreddystubbs says: Feb 22, 2012 11:45 PM

    Jeez, are there, like, 85 coaches on the Tampa Bay staff now?

  2. suprmous says: Feb 23, 2012 5:46 AM

    Yeah freddy there is and who in their right mind needs that many coaches?

  3. againsville says: Feb 23, 2012 7:26 AM

    A young football team that needs to be coached up

  4. southernpatriots says: Feb 23, 2012 3:38 PM

    Hope the rumors of Coach Coop leaving for Tampa are not founded. Hope he stays. Maybe Tampa Bay would like some of our offensive staff and coaches. Maybe we can keep our QB coach who is ill, but the remainder need other jobs. Who wants a 100th ranked (out of 120) offense in 2010, a 60th ranked offense in 2011, and a last among last offense in the NCG? Any takers?

  5. Deb says: Feb 23, 2012 6:56 PM

    Although I couldn’t be more proud of Alabama’s stellar defense, I still believe LSU’s 2011 secondary may be the finest I’ve seen in the college ranks. Certainly talent played a major role in their success, but Coach Cooper should be commended for pulling that unit together. You can’t blame a guy for wanting to try his luck in the pros, and I wish him success in whatever he does. But it’s an unfortunate loss for LSU.

  6. metroplexfrog says: Feb 25, 2012 4:07 AM

    I hope all these college coaches can whip the overpaid pros into shape. I’m not sure Schiano is the answer.

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