LSU reportedly closing in on defensive coordinator hire
Ed Orgeron has reportedly landed his top defensive coordinator target as Cincinnati’s Marcus Freeman is expected to become the next defensive playcaller in Baton Rouge.
This news was first reported by John Brice of FootballScoop.
Multiple sources tell FootballScoop that heralded Cincinatti defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman is expected to join Ed Orgeron’s overhauled staff in the same position and as one of the highest-paid defensive signal-callers in college football.
Freeman flew down to Baton Rouge to interview for the job on Thursday following the conclusion of Cincinnati’s 9-1 season, which ended in a narrow 24-21 defeat to Georgia in the Peach Bowl.
Led by Freeman, Cincinnati’s defense has finished as a top 10 scoring defense twice in the last three seasons. He would replace Bo Pelini, who lasted just one season in Baton Rouge and was fired by Orgeron immediately following LSU’s disappointing 5-5 season.
This move would be the latest in LSU’s offseason coaching staff overall as the Tigers recently named former Carolina Panther assistants Jake Peetz offensive coordinator and DJ Mangas passing game coordinator.