South Carolina defensive line coach Lance Thompson reportedly had talks about Oklahoma State’s defensive coordinator job.
On Tuesday, ESPN’s Jake Trotter reported that Thompson was among six people tied to the Cowboys’ open defensive coordinator position. In addition to Thompson, Tulane defensive coordinator Jack Curtis, Duke defensive coordinator Jim Knowles and Troy defensive coordinator Vic Koenning are being considered. The other two names aren’t mentioned in Trotter’s report, but he added one is a candidate from a Football Championship Subdivision school.
Oklahoma State's ongoing search for a defensive coordinator has included talks with six candidates, including Tulane defensive coordinator Jack Curtis, South Carolina assistant head coach Lance Thompson, Duke defensive coordinator Jim Knowles and Troy… https://t.co/QDIEXwxCsO
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) January 23, 2018
Thompson joined Will Muschamp’s staff at South Carolina in December 2015, when Thompson was named assistant head coach of defense and defensive line coach. Thompson also is known as a quality recruiter, and he’s respected within the coaching industry after working stints at Alabama, Georgia Tech and LSU in addition to his time with the Gamecocks.
Oklahoma State fired its most recent defensive coordinator, Glenn Spencer, earlier in January. The Cowboys closed the season ranked seventh in the Big 12 in scoring defense. They also were eighth in pass defense.