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LSU hires Texas DL coach Bo Davis

Brian Kelly deals a major blow to Steve Sarkisian’s staff.

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Bo Davis is going home.

Less than a week after a report emerged that the Texas Longhorns were expected to retain their defensive line coach, the LSU Tigers announced the hire of Bo Davis for the same position, a return to Baton Rouge for a coach who played for the Tigers and also served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach under Nick Saban from 2002-05.

“As a defensive line coach Bo brings a wealth of proven success at both the professional and collegiate level throughout his distinguished career,” LSU head coach Brian Kelly said. “Additionally, coach Davis is an outstanding recruiter and developer of the players in his charge. I am excited to welcome back to LSU coach Bo Davis.”

Family apparently played a role, too — Beau Davis is a rising redshirt senior defensive lineman at Southeastern Louisiana who could transfer to LSU.

Davis was under contract with Texas through next February with a $1 million deal and appeared in line for an extension and a raise in addition after the interest from LSU and other suitors, a raise that will presumably come from the Tigers now.

A former Texas assistant under Mack Brown from 2011-13, Davis joined head coach Steve Sarkisian’s staff three years ago after spending three seasons with the Detroit Lions and is known for his ability to develop talent in his position room.

This season, fifth-year senior T’Vondre Sweat won the Outland Trophy as the nation’s best interior lineman and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors thanks to a breakout campaign and junior Byron Murphy was named the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year before declaring for the 2024 NFL Draft.

Now Sarkisian will have to find a replacement for one of his top assistants, who became a fan favorite after his rant following the road loss to Iowa State in 2021, a pivotal moment that helped Texas build the type of five-star culture the program missed for so long.