Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry says he’s staying put.
Penn State fans can rest easy, because for now it appears the Nittany Lions will only lose one coordinator this offseason.
After Mississippi State poached offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead earlier this month, reports soon came out that defensive coordinator Brent Pry was the leading candidate for the Louisiana-Lafayette head coaching job.
But Pry put an end to all that real quick, making clear that—for now, at least—he’s staying at Penn State.
Brent Pry just said he's staying at #PennState. Said there was interest from La-Lafayette.
— Richard Scarcella (@nittanyrich) December 15, 2017
Pry served as assistant coach at UL Lafayette from 2002 to 2006, so it would have been a natural fit, but for his own reasons he decided to turn down the job—though according to 247 Sports there was some mutual interest between the two. Honestly, it’s likely he could land a better job somewhere else with how Penn State’s defense has performed during his tenure. It probably just wasn’t the right time to make the leap.
As for Louisiana-Lafayette, it appears Arizona State defensive coordinator Billy Napier has agreed to become the next head coach of the Ragin’ Cajuns.
Pry and Penn State will finish off their 2017 campaign with a matchup versus No. 11 Washington in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 30.