Update Thursday, Dec. 14: Brent Pry seems to be following Joe Moorhead down south. Ben Love first reported that Pry would be announced as the Ragin’ Cajuns’ next head football coach later today.
— Ben Love (@BenLoveTMF) December 14, 2017
Original story: Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry is one of three candidates in serious consideration to be hired as Louisiana-Lafayette’s head coach, according to Jeff Horchak. Bruce Feldman also reported Pry is in the running for the position.
I am told Penn State DC Brent Pry, LSU OC Matt Canada, and former Florida OC Doug Nussmeier are the 3 top names in the running for UL-Lafayette Football coaching job.#ULLafayetteFootballCoachingJob
— Jeff Horchak (@horchak77) December 6, 2017
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 6, 2017
Pry is one of three favorites to get the job; LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada and ex-Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier are also considered favorites to land the job in Lafayette.
The Ragin’ Cajuns may favor Pry over the other candidates due to their familiarity with Penn State’s defensive coordinator; he spent five seasons as the team’s defensive coordinator from 2002 to 2006.
Pry eventually landed in Happy Valley after coaching stints with Memphis, Georgia Southern, and Vanderbilt. James Franklin brought the Altoona native with him when he left Vanderbilt to take Penn State’s head coaching job in 2014.
Losing Pry would add to the list of defensive losses from Penn State entering the 2018 season; seniors Marcus Allen, Jason Cabinda, and Grant Haley are a few of the Nittany Lions the team will surely miss next season. Penn State’s defense only allowed 15.5 points per game in 2017, good for 7th-best in the nation, a massive improvement from 2016’s 37.6 points per game allowed.
Now-former Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead already left the Nittany Lions this off-season for a head coaching position at Mississippi State.
We’ll update this story with more information as it becomes available.