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Cooper Leaves LSU For NFL; Coaching Carousel Keeps Spinning

Round and round and round it goes.  The SEC’s coaching carousel just can’t seem to come to a stop this offseason.  The latest change: Ron Cooper is leaving LSU’s staff.

The Tigers’ secondary coach for the past three seasons has resigned to take a position on Greg Schiano’s new staff with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Whether it was the talent he had to coach or his coaching that improved his players’ game, Cooper certainly did right by Les Miles.  Under Cooper’s tutelage, Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne all racked up major awards.  (And we’re talking All-America honors, Bednarik Awards and Thorpe Awards… not leg lamps.)

It’s a little late in the hiring/firing cycle, but don’t expect Miles to have too much trouble luring in a good replacement for Cooper.  Recruiting Louisiana is a breeze and inheriting a Heisman candidate like Mathieu will cause any defensive backs coach to look seriously at LSU’s opening.



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