STILLWATER â€” Oklahoma State special teams coach Joe DeForest has interviewed for the Louisiana-Lafayette head coaching job and will again early next week, according to a source who confirmed mutual interes in the schoolâ€™s vacant head coaching position.
Receivers coach Gunter Brewer was also connected with the opening by Louisiana media reports but said Saturday he has not been contacted about the opening.
â€œI have not been contacted by anybody,â€ Brewer said. â€œI have not been interviewed.â€
A ULL alum who lettered in baseball and football for the Raginâ€™ Cajuns, DeForest has coached at OSU for 10 seasons. He coaches the Cowboys safeties in addition to his special team duties, earning $360,000 for the 2010 season.
Kicker Dan Bailey and punter Quinn Sharp earned All-Big 12 honors this season and three different Cowboys earned Big 12 special teams player of the week honors under DeForestâ€™s direction in 2010.
Longtime ULL coach Rickey Bustle was removed after nine seasons coaching the Raginâ€™ Cajuns last weekend. ULL finished the season at 3-9. In Bustleâ€™s nine seasons, the Cajuns produced but one winning season â€“ a 6-5 mark in 2005, when they finished as Sun Belt Conference co-champions. ULL finished 6-6 in 2006, 2008 and 2009. The Cajuns slumped to 3-9 this season, including a 54-28 home loss to OSU.
Along with DeForestâ€™s ties to the school and knowledge of the area and culture, his recruiting prowess could also be an appealing factor. DeForest has long mined players to OSU from Houston, which is a three-hour drive from Lafayette.
According to the Lafayette Advertiser, other candidates who could be in line for interviews include Mississippi State assistant Mark Hudspeth and LSU offensive coordinator Gary Crowton, who has been a head coach at Louisiana Tech and BYU.
ULL athletic director David Walker has said he would like to hire a new coach by mid-December and said the new coach would likely receive a significant pay increase over Bustleâ€™s $225,000 base salary.
Interestingly, the Cowboys and Cajuns are set to open next season on Sept. 3 in Stillwater