Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry 'getting consideration' for head coaching job

Centre Daily Times (TNS)
  • Brent Pry has been Penn State's defensive coordinator for the past two seasons.
  • PSU's 2017 defense is ranked No. 7 in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 15.5 points per game.
  • Pry is under consideration to become the head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette.

Two coordinators have left Penn State already this offseason, and now another is reportedly a head-coaching candidate.

Nittany Lions defensive coordinator Brent Pry is “among those getting consideration” for Louisiana-Lafayette’s vacancy, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman. Pry served as the Ragin’ Cajuns’ defensive coordinator from 2002-06.

Brent Pry

Should Pry land and accept the job, he would be third coach to leave Happy Valley this offseason. Former offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead took the head coaching job at Mississippi State, and special teams coordinator Charles Huff followed him to Starkville.

Pry, who came with James Franklin from Vanderbilt to Penn State in 2014, has been the Nittany Lions’ defensive coordinator the past two seasons. He was linebackers coach before receiving a promotion following Bob Shoops’ departure for Tennessee.

In 2016, Pry’s defense ranked ninth nationally in tackles for loss per game (8.1) and helped guide Penn State to its first outright Big Ten title since 1994. This season, the Nittany Lions rank No. 7 in the country in scoring defense (15.5 points per game).

Pry, an Altoona native, was a part of Louisiana-Lafayette’s first-ever Sun Belt title in 2005.

Lousiana-Lafayette fired Mark Hudspeth after the conclusion of a 5-7 season in 2017. Lafayette went 51-38 over seven seasons with Hudspeth as coach, although several victories were vacated for NCAA violations.