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February 18, 2014

Daye remains on job as Southern coach

Daryl Daye will be staying as the Lions head football coach, Missouri Southern confirmed Tuesday.

Daye, an LSU alum, had interviewed for the position of special teams coordinator at LSU this past week. Several Louisiana newspapers listed Daye as one of the top three candidates for the job, but it was reported Tuesday that LSU hired Kentucky assistant Bradley Dale Peveto.

Peveto has worked with LSU coach Les Miles before as he directed the Tigers’ linebackers and special teams unit from 2005-07 and was the co-defensive coordinator in 2008. He left LSU to take the head coaching job at Northwestern State from 2009-12. Peveto was the special teams coordinator at Kentucky this past season.

“I feel like I’m coming home,” Peveto told Shreveport Times beat writer Glenn Guilbeau. “I’m very excited to be back at LSU.”

Daye couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday.

Missouri Southern has a 13-8 record since Daye became the Lions head coach before the 2012 season. He has led Missouri Southern to consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1995-97. This past season, Daye directed MSSU to a 7-3 record and its first win against rival Pittsburg State since 1993. The Lions finished just 14-28 over the four seasons before Daye became the head coach.

Daye served two seasons as assistant to the head coach for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. His duties included assisting the special teams unit. Before that, his jobs have included defensive coordinator at Missouri Southern, head coach at Nicholls State and defensive coordinator at Liberty.

He lettered for the Tigers in 1985 and served as a graduate assistant coach at LSU from 1986-88. Daye’s father, Donnie Daye, was a member of LSU’s 1958 national championship team. Daye’s wife, the former Kathy Polko, also is a graduate of LSU and earned all-SEC honors in gymnastics.

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