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Monday, December 22, 2014

Football: Defensive coordinator named

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On Saturday, New Mexico head football coach Bob Davie announced that inside linebackers coach Kevin Cosgrove is to be the team’s new defensive coordinator.

“Defensively, ‘Cos’ and I think a lot alike,” Davie told the Albuquerque Journal. “I can’t wait to see his personality reflected in our defense.”

UNM dismissed former defensive coordinator Jeff Mills last month after his defensive unit ranked near the bottom of nearly every statistical category for the second straight year in the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision. Cosgrove will still coach UNM’s inside linebackers.

This will be Cosgrove’s sixth stint as a defensive coordinator in his 33 years of coaching college football. From 1995-2003 he was Wisconsin’s defensive coordinator and from 2004-2007 he was Nebraska’s. He also was defensive coordinator at Minnesota, Akron and Southeast Missouri State.

Davie told the Journal that defensive line coach Archie McDaniel will coach outside linebackers next year. Coleman Hutzler, UNM’s outside linebackers coach from 2011-13, went to Florida for the same position.

Several online reports have stated that Prairie View A&M’s defensive coordinator Charles McMillian will replace Mills as defensive backs coach. McMillian has spent 19 years coaching college football. He’s coached at Utah State (his alma mater), Boise State, Navy, TCU, Indiana, Louisville and Texas A&M. Last year was McMillian’s first year at Prairie View.

Reports also have Barry Sacks, who coached California’s defensive tackles in 2013, in play for the Lobos’ new defensive line coach. Prior to his stint at California, Sacks coached at Nevada for 11 years.