LSU hires Lane as defensive line coach

Updated: February 17, 2006, 7:14 PM ET
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Earl Lane, who spent 10 years with South Florida, was named the defensive line coach at LSU, coach Les Miles announced on Friday.

Lane takes over for Karl Dunbar, who left last month to coach the defensive line with the Minnesota Vikings. Lane comes to LSU after a brief stint as the defensive line coach at Wisconsin, a position that he resigned from early this week after accepting the LSU job.

"We're excited to have Earl join our staff," Miles said. "He comes to LSU highly recommended. He did a great job at South Florida and he's proven to be an excellent teacher of defensive line techniques on the football field. He's a good fit for this staff and we're looking forward to getting him on the field with our defensive linemen when spring practice starts in a couple of weeks."

At South Florida, Lane helped build the program from scratch. Hired at South Florida in 1996, Lane spent all 10 years coaching for Bulls coach Jim Leavitt. During his stay at South Florida, the Bulls went from the I-AA ranks to playing in the schools first bowl game this year.

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