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Cincinnati defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman is expected to interview for the defensive coordinator position on LSU's staff, according to Cincinnati sports reporter Brandon Saho.

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The 34-year old Huber Heights, Ohio native played linebacker at Ohio State from 2004-2008 and returned to Columbus to begin his coaching career as a graduate assistant in 2010.

He was hired to be the linebacker coach at Kent State from 2011-2012 and moved on to take the same position at Purdue from 2013-2015. He was promoted as co-defensive coordinator with the Boilermakers for the 2016 season.

Freeman took the defensive coordinator position on Luke Fickell's staff at Cincinnati in 2017. Per Wikipedia:
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On December 13, 2016, Freeman joined the Cincinnati Bearcats football staff.[5] After being one of the first hires by Luke Fickell, Freeman transformed the Bearcats into one of the best defenses of the American Athletic Conference. In 2018 Freeman's defense led the American in rushing defense, scoring defense and total defense and ranked among the Top-15 in the NCAA FBS in all three categories. The next season, the Bearcats finished atop the 2019 AAC ranks in scoring defense for the second-straight season and ranked among the league's top three in rushing and total defense.[6]

Like his head coach, Freeman has declined a handful of positions to remain at Cincinnati including offers of returning to Ohio State as linebackers coach,[7] linebackers coach for the Tennessee Titans,[8] and defensive coordinator at Michigan State[9] among other offers. Freeman has been considered by a number of national outlets as one of the rising stars of the college coaching ranks.[10]

Freeman was a finalist for the Broyles Award and named the 247Sports Defensive Coordinator of the Year during the 2020 season.[11][12]
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bluebuck141 months
Can he get 2 and 3 stars to play their hearts out and compete with 4 and 5 stars? He did against Georgia. Check. Can he related to and get the most out of this generation of players? Check. Has he been a part of a blue blood, winning football program? National Championship Program Ohio State, as a player. Check. Does he coach hard, from start to finish? Check. Is he passionate about his job and have a swagger about it? Check. Does he get bigger as the moment gets bigger, on the football field? Check. Vet the man and think about giving him a shot. They manhandled Georgia for 4 quarters, last week.
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CDawson41 months
His defense had a great year against the junior college schedule. Hope those numbers can translate to big boy football.
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SneakyWaff1es41 months
He did a really good job changing what they did against Georgia. The front 7 played a very different game than they had all year.
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Nu Iota Prophet41 months
Is there any concern about his age of 34 and his staff averaging at an age of 50? The older guys may respect his resume, but struggle with being led seemingly by a kid. Is this a potential issue?
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brewdrees41 months
I'm torn because I want a DC that's here for at least 3 years. That one and done cool if you win it all but if not, it's bad!!
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CanebreakCajun41 months
No one and done please.
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FowlGuy41 months
I bet it’s stressful being Saban
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11thACR41 months
Why would he want to be DC at LSU ??
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goodgrin41 months
Probably for similar reasons why Joe Burrow didn't transfer to Cincinnati because he wanted to be on the biggest stage and win championships.
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B00M41 months
Really, he would be lining up against the team in the best conference in the country getting to face the best week in week out.
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rob6241 months
You are an Appy State fan and trolling on an LSU board? Lol.
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RaleighTGR41 months
Jay Bateman, please.
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MaGoo41 months
Much better demeanor guy than Pelini. Does not scream and grimace and frown the whole game like Pelini. Guy looks like a great recruiter, great DC coach and young and upcoming. Stay away from dinosaurs that O seems to pull in that are not needed today for these young kids.
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CanebreakCajun41 months
If the D is good does it matter if every othert word a f that?
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conman41 months
Love to have the guy here at LSU. He is on his new contract tour. Gonna make a lot more money wherever he ends up.
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LSU61541 months
I think he's trying to leverage more money out of Cincinnati. I'd love to have him, but I think he'll stay put and then take a head-coaching job in a few years.
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WhiskeyPlease41 months
Tony Romo for LSU QB Coach --come at me Noobs
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Vidic41 months
While you’re at it might as well get nick saban for DC and Ryan day as OC
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CAD703X41 months
tony gonna teach our QBs the art of choking in big games
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Tigers4Lyfe41 months
That would be great but Tony is making like 14 mil a year in the broadcast booth so it's not happening. @CAD703X You are fool for not wanting him.
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LSUVAFAN41 months
We don’t need a 1 year DC.. We need stability. Any good LSU Alumni DCs out there?
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Team Vote41 months
Hiring someone just because they are an alum or just because they won’t leave is not what championship programs do.
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Nix to Twillie41 months
That’s short-sighted. Bama has a revolving door of coaches and never misses a beat. If your coaches are always leaving for better jobs it means he did great here. Brady was here one year, and look what happened.
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TKLSUMD41 months
He wants to be a head coach. Let him get that position. It will be a small school however. If he takes a defensive coordinator position, it’s only until he can get a head coach position.
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dandan41 months
He clearly is not the guy. Smokescreen again.
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GeauxGutsy41 months
Georgia beat Cincy. Cincy has won nothing ever. LSU fans crown Freeman king of all kings before the season begins. Woodward pays big money with a ridiculous buyout. LSU fans want him fired mid-season, but Pelini.
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Big EZ Tiger41 months
Cincinatti had the best looking defense I've seen this year. Georgia has WAY more talent than they have and is one of the most talented teams in the nation. Cincy would have won if not for their coach calling a dumb 3rd down pass instead of running the clock down with the lead.
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Mikaelomo41 months
Lsu beat Michigan State. Michigan state has won nothing ever. Lsu fans crown saban....
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castorinho41 months
GeauxGusty, you don't know what you're talking about
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rob6241 months
I was thinking that Corey Raymond would get the DC job but Marcus Freeman or Derek Mason would be good. we need to get the DC and OC both in place soon.
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Nix to Twillie41 months
Raymond would be an emotional hire, and those rarely work out. Plus it's been widely speculated that he likes where he is.
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TigerDean41 months
YMCA , not sure if I understand your logic you do know Bo P has been fired so Whoever we hire it will be the third defensive coordinator for some of these players. The schemes were using on defense this last year didn’t work so something had to give .. I’m all In for Coach Marcus Freeman.
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YMCA41 months
TigerDean, I’m beginning to wonder if you and Cajunguy just read the part in my post that said I wasn’t sure about the hire and then replied. I said that 2 of the 3 coordinators left for HC gigs and only one was fired. Regardless of how they left, it would still be a 3rd coordinators def in 3 years and they struggled learning a new one this year. They say he’s good about catering his def to the players so it may not matter.
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YMCA41 months
My point was that he’s wanting a HC job and he’s hot right now. If he has another good season, which is a good thing, then LSU is looking for a 4th coordinator in 4 years. I’d almost rather have someone that would be here at least through a recruiting- draft/graduation. Like I said, Bama makes it work so hopefully LSU can as well bc he’s an awesome coach.
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CnAzInCA41 months
Next season, the Tigers’ defense could theoretically start Derek Stingley, Eli Ricks, Maason Smith, and Sage Ryan: all five-star recruits. That has to get a defensive coordinators attention.
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YMCA41 months
I’m mixed on the possible hire. I’d love for it to be him, but it would really suck to be on a 4th def coordinator in 4 years if he gets a HC gig after one season. Obviously 2 or the 3 would’ve left for HC gigs and only one fired, but the thought of the players learning yet another def after the problems in caused this year worries me. I guess it could also be a good problem to have bc it usually means you had a good year( similar to LSU wanting Freeman from Cincinnati)and Bama seems to make it work so I guess it will be a good thing to an extent.
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cajunguy41 months
You do know saban does this every year to 2 years right replacing coordinators and at least 6 other on field assistant coaches. Happens every single season. Just curious if you been paying attention lately
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YMCA41 months
Cajunguy, in the post you’re replying to it says exactly what you just said. I suppose the question is do you pay attention? That was the only thing that gave me hope that it could work. I suppose it was the use of the word Bama instead of Saban that caused the problem.
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Tigers4Lyfe41 months
@cajunguy So it works for Alabama. They get the very best players. It's all about the Jimmies and the Joes. Now, give me another example where this works besides Alabama.
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Stexas41 months
He’s playing the game. Interview for a bigger paycheck even though he has no intention of leaving.
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LSUGrrrl41 months
Based on what?
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Tigers4Lyfe41 months
Ed called him. He didn't call Ed.
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Goose41 months
Good luck pulling him out of the Ohio / Indiana area... doesn't seem keen to move.
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Powerman41 months
Not everyone thinks small like you. This would be a big upgrade. Stop having opinions.
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