LSU secondary coach Ron Cooper has taken a job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Cooper is the second LSU assistant to leave since the end of the season. Receivers coach Billy Gonzales left to be co-offensive coordinator at Illinois and also coach the receivers. LSU coach Les Miles replaced Gonzales with Adam Henry, who was with the Oakland Raiders the previous five seasons.
Defensive coordinator John Chavis will have a big say in who the Tigers bring in to coach the secondary. Whoever it is, he won't find the cupboard bare. Cornerback/nickel back Tyrann Mathieu was a Heisman Trophy finalist last season, and safety Eric Reid earned second-team All-SEC honors. Cornerback Tharold Simon also returns after leading the Tigers with 10 pass breakups last season.