LSU football head coach Brian Kelly appears to be on the verge of hiring a defensive coordinator.
Football Scoop reported on Monday that Kelly has made Kentucky defensive coordinator Brad White his top target to run the Tigers’ defense.
White has been at Kentucky since 2018 when he was hired to coach the Wildcats’ outside linebackers. He was elevated to defensive coordinator in 2019 when Matt House left for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Prior to his time at Kentucky, White was a defensive assistant with the Indianapolis Colts for five years.
White, like Kelly, is a Massachusetts native.
Brad White likely has his eyes on a specific head coaching job
Leaving Kentucky for LSU should be an easy decision for White.
If White wants to progress in his coaching career, leaving Lexington for Baton Rouge would be a wise choice.
A couple of years of leading a solid LSU defense will likely have head coaching offers rolling in for White.
And it certainly feels like there’s one specific job that White could be eyeing.
White was a standout linebacker at Wake Forest from 2001-2004. After his playing days, White took a job with the Demon Deacons as a graduate assistant for two seasons.
With current Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson surfacing in numerous coaching rumors over the last couple of years, it seems probable that the Deacons will be looking for a new head coach sooner rather than later.
I’m sure White would love the opportunity to be the head coach at his alma mater, where he was one of the top linebackers in program history.
Landing at LSU for a couple of years could be the perfect springboard to that job.
White to LSU makes sense for everyone. He’s done a great job at Kentucky with limited talent. The sky is the limit for what he could do in Baton Rouge with elite talent.
This is a win-win for White and the Tigers — even if it’s only a marriage that lasts a couple of years.