LSU Football contacted Georgia assistant about defensive coordinator job

LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

LSU football is 0-for-2 in its search for a new defensive coordinator (to replace Bo Pelini).

The Tigers first tried to hire Marcus Freeman away from the Cincinnati Bearcats.

Freeman interviewed in Baton Rouge, but he ultimately decided to take the defensive coordinator job at Notre Dame. That was an understandable decision because of Freeman’s connection to the midwest.

LSU then turned its attention to New Orleans Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen. A deal was close, but contract language held things up. And then Dan Campbell, the Saints’ assistant head coach, left to become the Detroit Lions’ new head coach. That move allowed New Orleans to give Nielsen an assistant head coach title (along with a raise).

So now it’s back to square one for the Tigers.

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I’ve said from the beginning of this search that Georgia co-defensive coordinator Glenn Schumann would be a good fit for LSU.

Schumann, who also coaches inside linebackers, is a great recruiter and he’s currently “second in command” on Georgia’s defensive staff (third if you count Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart).

Landing as the defensive coordinator at LSU would definitely be an upgrade for Schumann.

And with the big names off the board, it looks like the Tigers have turned their attention to Schumann.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported this week that LSU has reached out to Schumann about replacing Pelini.

It’s unclear how far those talks have progressed.

AJC also reported that Schumann makes $650,000 less than Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning.

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If LSU is seriously interested in hiring Schumann, then I wouldn’t be surprised if a deal was completed. A raise and being the top dog on the defensive side of the ball would likely be tough for Schumann, an Alabama graduate, to turn down.