After John Chavis left the school to take on the same role with Texas A&M, LSU has found a replacement at defensive coordinator, announcing it has hired former Alabama linebackers coach Kevin Steele.
LSU Football on Twitter made it official:
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Steele was the defensive coordinator when Nick Saban joined the program in 2007 though he left to become Clemson's defensive coordinator in 2009. He lasted three seasons with those Tigers before being fired in 2012. He returned to Alabama in 2013 and became the linebackers coach last season.
He was also the head coach at Baylor from 1999 to 2002.
The reaction to Steele's hiring among some LSU fans hasn't been positive, however, as Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated noted:
Barrett Sallee of Bleacher Report tried to put a bit more of a positive spin on things:
Steele will be joining an LSU program that has established itself as an excellent defensive team in recent years though the offense has often lagged behind. That will put even more pressure on Steele to perform—as though replacing Chavis wasn't already a pretty tall task.
One thing is for certain—if his tenure with these Tigers resembles his tenure with the Clemson Tigers, the LSU faithful that have become accustomed to elite defensive teams will lose their patience with him rather quickly.