We’re not even fully through the first weekend of the 2016 season, and already we’ve seen the first firing of the college football season.
Louisiana-Lafayette has announced defensive coordinator Melvin Smith has been fired.
“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. “Making a change is never easy, but we feel this was the necessary thing to do for the success of our program.”
The Cajuns allowed 5.96 yards per play last season, good for 94th nationally in a season that saw Louisiana-Lafayette drop from nine to four wins. They opened this season with a 45-10 home whipping at the hands of Boise State; the Broncos threw for 426 yards and rushed for 158 more.
Linebackers coach Mike Lucas will take over defensive coordinator for the remainder of the season.
Louisiana-Lafayette hosts McNeese State on Saturday.