Peveto returns to LSU football

Kentucky safeties coach and special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto will be LSU’s new special teams coordinator, a source close to the staff confirmed Tuesday.

Peveto, 51, coached LSU’s special teams and linebackers from 2005-07 and was the co-defensive coordinator for the 2008 season before leaving to be head coach at Northwestern State.

LSU was searching for a special teams coach and defensive assistant after the Tigers lost Thomas McGaughey to the New York Jets.

Coachingsearch.com reported Tuesday morning that Peveto was interviewing Tuesday with Miles for the opening.

CBSSports.com and the Louisville Courier-Journal reported later that Peveto has been offered the job and is expected to accept it.

A source told The Advocate on Tuesday that it’s a “done deal.”

Coachingsearch.com reported last week that LSU was interviewing former Nicholls State and current Missouri Southern State coach Daryl Daye.

Peveto joined Kentucky before last season.

He went 14-30 in four seasons as Northwestern State’s head coach and was fired in 2012.

Peveto’s stint at LSU ended with a sour note.

Then-defensive coordinator Bo Pelini left LSU after the 2007 BCS national championship season to become head coach at Nebraska, and Miles turned the coordinator reins over to Peveto and Doug Mallory.

The Tigers plunged from No. 17 to No. 56 in the nation in scoring defense in 2008. Peveto and Mallory did not return to the staff, and John Chavis was hired.

LSU quickly rebounded to No. 11 in the nation in scoring defense.

When Peveto left the LSU staff in 2008, he made $200,000 a year.

McGaughey made about $310,000.

Peveto was the third-highest-paid assistant on Mark Stoops’ staff behind both coordinators. He made $300,000 a year, the Courier-Journal reported.

Peveto had a hand in landing one of Kentucky’s best recruiting classes this past year.

The Wildcats’ class was ranked No. 22 in 24/7 Sports’ composite team rankings.

Peveto was listed as a primary recruiter for one of the signees, four-star running back Stanley “Boom” Williams from Georgia.

Peveto has spent time as a defensive assistant and/or special teams coach at Houston, Southern Miss, Arkansas and Middle Tennessee. Peveto played college football at SMU.

Peveto will be LSU’s second coaching hire this offseason. The Tigers replaced offensive line coach Greg Studrawa with Virginia Tech line coach Jeff Grimes, who will coach the line and be the Tigers’ run-game coordinator.