Penn State could be losing its second coordinator in less than three weeks. Nittany Lions defensive coordinator Brent Pry has “emerged as the favorite” for the head coaching position at Louisiana-Lafayette, according to Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman.
Pry was first tied to the Louisiana-Lafayette job last week, and he previously served on the Ragin’ Cajuns’ staff as an assistant from 2002-2006. Pry has been on James Franklin’s staff dating back to 2011 at Vanderbilt and has been Penn State’s defensive coordinator for the last two seasons.
However, it’s not a guarantee that Pry will head south to become a head coach, according to Feldman’s report. Salary could reportedly be a factor that keeps Pry at Penn State.
One of the challenges for the ULL job, as it is for some Group of Five head coaching searches, is managing the economics of trying to hire away a coordinator from a top FBS program where that candidate probably could make considerably more at his current job.
Pry’s salary was not listed in the latest USA Today assistant coaching salary database.
Penn State lost offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead late last month when he accepted the head coaching job at Mississippi State. Moorhead also brought Penn State running backs coach/special team coordinator Charles Huff with him on his new staff in Starkville.
FootballScoop reported that Pry had not been offered the Louisiana-Lafayette job as of Wednesday afternoon. The report also said that ULL might wait until this weekend to speak with Sam Houston State’s KC Keeler about the opening.
The whisper in the profession for about a week now has been that ULL officials wanted to speak with Sam Houston head coach KC Keeler. Keeler’s Bearkats take on North Dakota State in an FCS semifinal game Friday night.