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SEC passes around defensive coordinators

This Jan. 1, 2015, file photo shows newly-hired Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp before the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game in Tampa, Fla.
This Jan. 1, 2015, file photo shows newly-hired Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp before the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game in Tampa, Fla. The Associated Press

Half of the SEC teams have new defensive coordinators. It’s actually more than half if you count Vanderbilt, where head coach Derek Mason is taking over the role.

And as Texas A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin noted, “We just kind of passed them around, didn’t we?”

Indeed. Four of the new faces are from old SEC places. They moved from one league school to the next, including Florida head coach Will Muschamp moving to Auburn, Geoff Collins to Florida from Mississippi State and LSU’s Kevin Steele, who coached Alabama’s linebackers last season.

The biggest drama involved John Chavis’ move from LSU to Texas A&M. Chavis sued LSU saying he doesn’t owe the school a $400,000 buyout.

LSU held A&M to less than 20 points in each of the last three seasons, and that’s why Sumlin made the move.

“That’s exactly what I did,” Sumlin said. “There’s really nothing more to the answer than that.”

LSU head coach Les Miles was asked about his relationship with Chavis.

“John has been a great guy for us, and I have great respect for him,” Miles said. “Just a tremendous person. You suspect he will coach great defense at A&M.”

SEC new defensive coordinators

John Chavis, Texas A&M (previous job: LSU defensive coordinator)

Auburn, Will Muschamp (Florida head coach)

Jon Hoke*, South Carolina (Chicago Bears defensive backs)

Barry Odom, Missouri (Memphis defensive coordinator)

Manny Diaz, Mississippi State (La. Tech defensive coordinator)

Geoff Collins, Florida (Mississippi State defensive coordinator)

Kevin Steele, LSU (Alabama linebackers)

Derek Mason, Vanderbilt head coach also will be the defensive coordinator.

*Hoke is co-defensive coordinator

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