Pelini currently OU's co-defensive coordinator

Updated: February 9, 2005, 9:48 AM ET
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Oklahoma co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach Bo Pelini will be named LSU's new defensive coordinator, the Dallas Morning News, citing a university source, reported Wednesday.

The announcement could reportedly come as soon as Thursday.

Pelini, 37, could not be reached for comment, but Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione told the newspaper he had not heard anything official but was aware of the speculation.

If the hiring is finalized, Pelini would join the staff of Les Miles, the coach chosen to replace Nick Saban, who is now with the NFL's Miami Dolphins.

Pelini's résumé includes being the interim coach at Nebraska after Frank Solich was fired two seasons ago. Pelini is a protege of Pete Carroll, current coach at Southern California and former coach of the New England Patriots.

Pelini was an assistant in the NFL for nine years, working with the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers before joining the Cornhuskers as their defensive coordinator. Pelini was also considered a candidate for several head coaching jobs, including Syracuse and Pittsburgh.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.