When Baylor hired LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, the search was on to replace the highest-paid defensive coordinator in college football. Youngstown State head coach Bo Pelini is expected to become the next defensive coordinator for head coach Ed Orgeron, sources told Geaux247 on Monday. Stadium's Brett McMurphy was first to report.
Pelini agreeing to terms with the program marks a return to Baton Rouge for the 52-year old, who served as defensive coordinator for LSU's 2007 National Championship team. Pelini first arrived at LSU in 2005 following a one-year stint as Oklahoma's defensive coordinator and helped lead LSU to a 34-6 record during that time.
Earlier this month, Orgeron joined 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge to discuss the process with Jordy Culotta and T-Bob Hebert. Orgeron was looking for a fit culturally with his program, which is fresh off an undefeated season and National Championship, and Pelini is a name familiar to LSU after the program saw some of its best defenses when Pelini was running the show.