Matt House is coming back to the SEC. The former Kentucky defensive coordinator, currently on staff with the Kansas City Chiefs, has been hired to Brian Kelly’s staff as LSU’s new DC.

“Matt checks every box we’re looking for in a defensive coordinator,” Kelly said via the school’s announcement. “He’s led elite SEC defenses, recruited and developed all-conference and All-American performers at multiple positions, and garnered ample experience in both the NFL and as a coordinator at multiple collegiate stops.

”He possesses a great understanding on how to defend the type of offenses we will face each week in our conference, and his ability to put players in position to make plays aligns perfectly with the identity that we want to develop with our defense. I’m excited that he’s joining our staff as we work toward building a championship program at LSU.”

LSU’s announcement states that House, the Chiefs’ linebackers coach, will commence his duties with the Tigers once the NFL season is complete. LSU’s release does not further specify if that means when the NFL regular season ends or when the Chiefs play their final game of the 2021 campaign.

“It is an honor to join Coach Kelly’s staff at LSU,” House said, via LSU. “I firmly believe in Coach Kelly’s vision and look forward to getting to work. I am confident there are many exciting times ahead for the Tiger football family. Our staff will work tirelessly to develop our young men both on and off the field as we set a championship standard – We will develop genuine relationships with our players, our staff, and the wonderful people in the state of Louisiana!

“Additionally, I would like to thank the Kansas City Chiefs organization. Specifically Chiefs Chairman and CEO, Mr. Hunt, Coach Reid and Coach Spagnuolo for all of their support along with the memorable past few years we have enjoyed together. The Chiefs organization exemplifies class in every way. Coach Reid is a Hall of Famer for many reasons, and I cannot thank him enough for an incredible experience. I leave behind so many special people in Kansas City that will be lifelong friends. It is not over just yet though and we will finish this season strong with the Chiefs. My wife, Jessi, our family and I look forward to joining the LSU family soon, and we are thankful for this opportunity – Geaux Tigers!”

House has recent college football experience as defensive coordinator at Kentucky (2017-18), FIU (2015) and Pittsburgh (2013-14). House will be LSU’s fourth defensive coordinator in as many seasons, dating back to Dave Aranda’s final season in 2019.

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