Pelini will be DC; Dunbar, Peveto also on board

Updated: February 10, 2005, 7:55 PM ET
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Oklahoma assistant Bo Pelini, Chicago Bears defensive line coach Karl Dunbar and Middle Tennessee defensive coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto are joining LSU under new head coach Les Miles.

The three were formally introduced Thursday. Pelini will be the Tigers' defensive coordinator, while Dunbar will be an assistant head coach and defensive line coach. Peveto will oversee LSU's special teams.

"We really feel like this is easily as talented a staff as I have ever been around," Miles said.

Pelini was the interim head coach at Nebraska before joining Oklahoma as co-defensive coordinator in 2004. Before he took the job at LSU, Pelini was considered for head coaching openings at Syracuse and Pittsburgh. However, Syracuse selected former Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Greg Robinson to lead its program and Pittsburgh went with former Miami Dolphins head coach Dave Wannstedt.

Pelini served as interim head coach at Nebraska after Frank Solich was fired Nov. 29, 2003, coaching the Huskers to a 17-3 victory over Michigan State in the Alamo Bowl.

He also was an assistant in the NFL for nine years, working with the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers before accepting the Nebraska job.

"I had a difficult time moving the football against him [Pelini] when he was at Nebraska," Miles said. "He then went over to Oklahoma and I had the same problem, so I decided it would be a good opportunity to get a guy with that kind of quality on my side."

Dunbar starred as a defensive lineman for LSU, then spent six seasons in the NFL. The 2004 season was his first with the Bears as a coach after he spent six seasons coaching in college at Nicholls State, LSU and Oklahoma State.

Peveto coached defensive backs at the University of Houston for four seasons before joining Middle Tennessee in the same capacity in 2003. He moved to defensive coordinator last season.

Miles' staff is now complete.

Other first-year coaches for the Tigers include Josh Henson, Doug Mallory, Todd Monken and Larry Porter. All four coaches accompanied Miles to LSU from Oklahoma State.

Miles kept two members of outgoing coach Nick Saban's staff: offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher and offensive line coach Stacy Searels.


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