Two days after his team finished the season with a victory over Wisconsin in the ReliaQuest Bowl, LSU coach Brian Kelly is cleaning house by leaving behind four assistant coaches.
Defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Matt House, safeties coach Kerry Cooks, cornerbacks coach Robert Steeples and defensive line coach Jimmy Lindsey will not be hired, according to a statement from the program.
“I want to thank each of these coaches for their work on behalf of our football program and our institution during their time here,” Kelly said. “Decisions like these are always difficult and we do not take them lightly, but they are made with the best interests of our program and our student-athletes in mind. Going forward, we will continue to work to build a championship-caliber coaching staff at support our mission of Graduate Champions.”
The Tigers (10-3) finished with a second straight 10-win season since Kelly arrived from Notre Dame, mounting an electric offense led by Heisman Trophy winner Jayden Daniels and leading the country in total yards per game ( 543.5) and points per game. (45.5).
But the defense struggled to gain traction for most of the season, finishing 105th nationally in total defense (416.6 YPG) and tied with Akron for the 78th-best defensive rating in the FBS with 28 points per game.
House’s unit particularly struggled in all three losses (against Florida State, Mississippi and Alabama), allowing at least 42 points and allowing at least 494 total yards in each of the three games.
LSU begins the 2024 season against USC in the Vegas Kickoff Classic on September 1.