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Cosgrove leaves Lobo football to be LSU’s lead defensive analyst

Kevin Cosgrove has left the University of New Mexico football program to be LSU’s lead defensive analyst. (Jim Thompson/Journal)

The assistant coach shuffle at the University of New Mexico continues for its football team.

Kevin Cosgrove, who was slated to be the Lobos linebackers coach after he had been demoted from his post as defensive coordinator, is leaving UNM to be the lead defensive analyst for LSU, UNM confirmed Wednesday after multiple media reports.

Last month, Jordan Peterson, who had been UNM’s defensive pass game coordinator and safeties coach, was promoted to defensive coordinator, replacing Cosgrove, 63, who had been the Lobos’ defensive coordinator for the previous five seasons.

Cosgrove last spring served as the Lobos’ interim head coach when Davie served a 30-day suspension after investigations about the head coach’s conduct.

Davie calls the 31-year-old Peterson, “a rising star,” in the coaching profession.

The Lobos’ defense fell well below expectations last year. Before the season began, UNM coach Bob Davie and Cosgrove were expecting the defense to be its best in their time with the Lobos, who finished with their second straight 3-9 season that again ended with a seven-game losing skid.

The Lobos allowed 36.17 points per game and 473 yards per game last season, when they ranked No. 9 on defense among the 12 teams in the Mountain West Conference.

Cosgrove, whose coaching stops also included success in Wisconsin and Nebraska, is filling the spot of Mark Criner, who left to be the linebackers coach of the Atlanta Legends in the Alliance of American Football, the Advocate of Louisiana reported.

Cosgrove becomes one of 10 analysts listed on Ed Orgeron’s coaching staff.

The Lobos’ defense struggled in many capacities last season. The unit was also hampered by injuries to senior linebacker Alex Hart and transfer defensive lineman Trent Sellers. The two return to the Lobos after season-ending injuries suffered last season.

UNM lost two of its best defensive players to transfer, as safety Marcus Hayes (Kansas State), who led the nation in punt return average, and outside linebacker Rhashaun Epting (Tennessee State), who led the Lobos with 5.5 sacks, left the program this offseason.

The Lobos will look to fill the position, as spring football practices begin at the end of this month.

Cosgrove became the third assistant to leave the Lobos this offseason. UNM also had its strength and conditioning coach Aurmon Satchell leave the program in January to work with Louisville’s football team.

Calvin Magee, who was the UNM offensive coordinator for one season, left to become the tight ends coach at Ole Miss.

Archie McDaniel, who was the Lobos’ outside linebackers coach, left to become the co-defensive coordinator at Texas State.

Joe Dailey, the former Liberty offensive coordinator, is now the Lobos’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Also, Dan Carrel, who has spent the past four seasons on the staff at the University of Houston, was named as the new outside linebackers coach at New Mexico last month.

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