Shortly after losing defensive coordinator Todd Grantham to Mississippi State, Louisville didn’t have to look far to find it’s replacement.
In a literal coaching swap, the Cardinals are set to hire former MSU defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon to fill the position at Louisville, according to multiple reports.
Louisville has yet to confirm the move, though Mississippi State has already announced Grantham’s hiring. According to the reports, the deal with Sirmon has been in the works for some time now, but Louisville was waiting for Grantham to find employment at another school.
Sirmon, 39, spent just one season as the leader of the defense in Starkville, during which the unit ranked 110th in total defense. Sirmon’s defense also allowed the most yards of any team in the SEC and the second-most points in the conference.
Before his time with the Bulldogs, Sirmon spent two years as an assistant at Southern California coaching outside linebackers. Prior to that, he coached the linebackers at Washington for two seasons. After playing linebacker at Oregon, Sirmon spent six seasons in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans.
During the past three seasons under Grantham, Louisville’s defense has helped get the Cardinals back to national prominence, with the help of Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson on offense. The unit ranked in the top-20 nationally in total defense in each of those three seasons.
The coaching change comes just days away from one of Louisville’s biggest recruiting weekends of the year. The team is expected to host at least 15 official visits to the school.
Louisville opens up it’s 2017 schedule Sept. 2 against Purdue at Lucas Oil Stadium.