Former Gophers head coach Tracy Claeys named Washington State defensive coordinator

Former Gophers head coach Tracy Claeys named Washington State defensive coordinator

Washington State coach Mike Leach just lost his defensive coordinator to a Big Ten school, and now it looks like he's turning to that conference to find a replacement.

Claeys went 9-4 in his only full season as the Gophers coach, but was sacked following a victory over Washington State in the Holiday Bowl.

Washington State's previous defensive coordinator, Alex Grinch, left this week for a position at Ohio State.

Before he was hired as the interim coach at Minnesota in 2015, Claeys was the Golden Gophers' defensive coordinator for four-plus seasons.

Claeys initially stood by his players during the attempted boycott, at one point tweeting his support of them. The boycott ended after the findings of the investigation leaked.

Claeys replaced Jerry Kill as the Gophers' coach during the 2015 season after Kill stepped down for health-related reasons.


The Star Tribune report states that Claeys agreed to a two-year contract to join Leach in Pullman. He's also been a DC at Northern Illinois (2008-10), Southern Illinois (2001-07) and Emporia State (1999-2000). "I respect their rights & support their effort to make a better world!"

Like Leach, Claeys also never played college football.

Claeys responded with an editorial that said, in part: "As a coach I respected my team's decision, responsibly addressed the situation and quickly defused the boycott". The rest of the players, feeling several of those suspended had been unfairly accused, boycotted practice for two days, threatening not to play in the bowl.

Claeys' 2016 Minnesota defense finished the season ranked 21st nationally in total defense, averaging 22.1 points per game - the fewest it had allowed in more than a decade. In 2011, Claeys' debut season as defensive coordinator, Minnesota allowed 31.7 points, but since then the most it has allowed in a season is 24.2 points.

From that standpoint, Claeys might be able to pull the occasional recruit out of MI the way MI grad Roy Manning - who recently left WSU to become special teams coordinator at UCLA - managed to do. The Cougars need to replace Manning, who coached rush linebackers, and hire a 10th assistant, possibly to coach the defensive secondary.

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