Replacing John Chavis was a tough task for LSU and coach Les Miles.
To make a decision, Miles had to navigate through 25 candidates before he eventually decided on Alabama linebackers coach Kevin Steele, according to The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger.
Miles met with Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop, Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof, and North Carolina defensive coordinator and former Auburn coach Gene Chizik, according to documents obtained by The Advocate.
Miles met with two candidates — Roof and Shoop — on Jan. 7 in Lawrenceville, Ga. He met with Steele in Charleston, S.C. three days later, then met with Aranda in Chicago on Jan. 11.
LSU contacted 13 of the 25 candidates that Miles identified and provided to director of football operations Dean Dingman in late December and January after former defensive coordinator John Chavis accepted the same position at Texas A&M.
Miles or Dingman also had phone conversations with then-Auburn defensive coordinator and current South Carolina coach Will Muschamp, Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venable and former UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, who now holds the same position at Alabama.
Ed Orgeron, who just finished his first season as LSU’s defensive line coach, was also a candidate for the defensive coordinator vacancy.
Candidates that were on the list but never contacted about the position include Pitt defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator and current Alabama defensive backs coach Mel Tuck, Central Florida defensive coordinator Tyson Summers, ex-Auburn defensive coordinator and South Carolina assistant Ellis Johnson, former Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, former Michigan and Florida defensive coordinator and current Maryland coach D.J. Durkin, Stanford defensive coordinator Lance Anderson, Green Bay Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac and former Pitt defensive coordinator Matt House.