Bo Pelini releases statement confirming his departure from Youngstown State to take over LSU's defense
Bo Pelini confirms the news, he’s returning to Baton Rouge to serve as Ed Orgeron’s defensive coordinator.
Pelini takes over LSU’s defense following the departure of Dave Aranda, who left to take over Baylor’s football program.
News of Pelini leaving for LSU was first reported by Brett McMurphy of Stadium. The news has been confirmed by Youngstown State, which released the following statement from Pelini:
“The past five years have been terrific. I can’t thank President Jim Tressel and Ron Strollo enough for the opportunity here and support along the way. For all of the people, honestly too many to name, who were part of my YSU experience, I also want to extend a heartfelt thank you.”
“The experience for me professionally to coach my hometown university and to appear in a championship game, is something I will always treasure. For Mary Pat and I, Youngstown will always hold an element of home for us with our children graduating from Cardinal Mooney High School and so many of our family members residing here. My YSU days will always be special for the entire Pelini family.”
“And trust me, I will be checking in every week in the fall to follow the Penguins as they continue to build on our successes and I know they have great days ahead.”
“The opportunity to return to LSU is truly unique. Culturally, with my prior experience at LSU, I know it is a great fit for me. The chance to work with Coach (Ed) Orgeron, the ability to take charge of the Tigers defense. All of that in a place that both my family and I immensely enjoyed when we were there before is very exciting for us. We are very honored and looking forward to this next chapter.”
Pelini previously served as LSU’s defensive coordinator from 2005 until 2007. In his final season in Baton Rouge, the Tigers won the national championship. He left Baton Rouge to take over Nebraska’s football program.
Pelini has a career head coaching record of 100-55 and was 67-27 overall during his time with Nebraska.