Report: LSU interviewing Daye for coaching opening

LSU is interviewing former Nicholls State and current Missouri Southern State coach Daryl Daye for its special teams coordinator opening, according to

A 2004 shot of Daryl Daye.

A 2004 shot of Daryl Daye.

Daye has strong LSU ties. He played at LSU in the mid-1980s for coach Bill Arnsparger and then served as an assistant on Mike Archer’s staff. His father,┬áDonnie, played on the 1958 national title team at LSU as a fullback and linebacker.

Daye also served as the special teams coordinator at Southern in the mid-2000s.

Daye was the coach at Nicholls State from 1999-2003, compiling a 17-38 record with the school. He had one winning season and was fired after the team went 5-6 in 2003.

He’s in his third year of leading Missouri Southern, a Division II program based in Joplin, Mo. The Lions have finished 6-5 in 2012 and 7-3 this past season under Daye.

Before taking over as head coach, Daye was Nicholls’ defensive coordinator and defensive line coach for six seasons. He also served four years as defensive coordinator at Missouri Southern State before being getting the head coaching gig in 2012. He had a stint with the Buffalo Bills as well.

LSU special teams coordinator and defensive assistant Thomas McGaughey left the program for the special teams job with the New York Jets.