The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


February 17, 2014

BLOG: MSSU’s Daye reportedly a finalist for LSU assistant job

According to multiple Louisiana newspaper reports, Missouri Southern head football coach Daryl Daye has interviewed for the special teams coordinator position at LSU.

Daye is an LSU alum, lettering for the Tigers in 1985 and serving as a graduate assistant from 1986-88. Daye’s father, Donnie Daye, was a member of LSU’s 1958 national championship team.

Daye interviewed for the LSU job this past week, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Shreveport Times and several others.

Other candidates interviewing for the job are listed as former Miami of Ohio head coach and former LSU assistant Michael Haywood and Kentucky special teams coordinator and former LSU assistant Bradley Dale Peveto.

Missouri Southern has a 13-8 record since Daye became the Lions head coach before the 2012 season. He 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.

The job at LSU became vacant when Thomas McGaughey left to become the special teams coordinator for the New York Jets earlier this month.

Daye’s wife, the former Kathy Polko, also is a graduate of LSU and earned all-SEC honors in gymnastics for the Tigers.

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