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OSU assistant Joe DeForest interviews for head coaching job at Lousiana-Lafayette

BY BRANDON CHATMON and JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writers Modified: December 4, 2010 at 9:44 pm •  Published: December 4, 2010

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 school’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.

“I have not been contacted by anybody,” Brewer said. “I have not been interviewed.”

A ULL alum who lettered in baseball and football for the Ragin’ 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 DeForest’s direction in 2010.

Longtime ULL coach Rickey Bustle was removed after nine seasons coaching the Ragin’ Cajuns last weekend. ULL finished the season at 3-9. In Bustle’s nine seasons, the Cajuns produced but one winning season – 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.

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