Former LSU co-defensive coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto, a member of Les Miles' first Tigers staff, has reportedly agreed to an offer that would return him to Baton Rouge in the role of special teams coordinator, according to Jeremy Fowler of CBS Sports and Jim Kleinpeter of NOLA.com.
Former LSU assistant coach Bradley Dale Peveto has been hired as the Tigers' special teams coach Tuesday, a source close to the search said. Peveto was in Baton Rouge Tuesday to meet with LSU coach Les Miles.
Before spending last year as a defensive assistant on Mark Stoops' staff at Kentucky, Peveto left LSU to accept the head-coaching job at FCS Northwestern State, where he coached from 2009-12 and went 0-11 in his first season before leaving with a career record of 14-30.
Prior to LSU, where he ran the special teams for three years from 2005-07, Peveto served as the defensive coordinator at Middle Tennessee State and the co-defensive coordinator at Houston for most of the early 2000s.
He has been in the business for nearly three decades and, especially because of his rapport and history with Miles, is sufficiently seasoned and qualified to run the special teams.
Those are all important qualities for the Tigers, who need a familiar face after losing special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey. McGaughey had spent the last three years in his position and accepted a similar role with the NFL's New York Jets on Feb. 5.
According to the F/+ rankings at Football Outsiders, McGaughey coached his unit to a top-10 special teams efficiency rating in each of his three seasons, highlighted by a sixth-place finish in 2011. The Tigers finished No. 10 in special teams last season.
Some of the many standouts from McGaughey's tenure include returners like Tyrann Mathieu and Odell Beckham Jr. along with All-America punter Brad Wing.
Whether LSU can find another group of special-teamers that talented will be difficult and remains to be seen. For now, at least they know who will be leading the charge.
And at least it's a familiar face.