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1 hour ago, Herb said:

Polian is a great personnel guy and will thrive in the role. Special Teams will improve, but this frees Polian up to focus on what he is best at.


True, he knows about players, can build a roster, can see talent. This will be a smooth transition. 

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18 hours ago, Hatchertiger said:

Can he still recruit if he isn't and "on the field" coach?

He can maintain a database of players and be the NIL expert. 

Is "recruiting" limited to coaches? I'd think it would be fine for other university personnel to be able to represent the school. Are professors allowed to talk to prospective students?

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BREAKING: LSU Hiring John Jancek As Special Teams Coordinator

Tigers fill role before spring practices begin on March 9, Jancek will also take over outside linebacker duties.

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Brian Kelly has found his next special teams coordinator. On Tuesday, LSUpromoted senior defensive analyst John Jancek to be the Tigers’ next coordinator after Brian Polian moved to an off-field role last week. 

Jancek will also serve as the outside linebackers coach for the Tigers. Despite having no coaching history on special teams, Kelly and his current staff clearly feel Jancek can take that next step and handle on-field duties in that role.

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Sources: Brian Kelly adding extremely well regarded, veteran SEC coach Jancek to LSU staff

Kelly reunites with Jancek, who's run defenses at Georgia, Tennessee and Cincy among other stops





If the measure is that of who a coach surrounds himself, Brian Kelly at LSU keeps making major moves.

Now Kelly’s adding a former two-time Southeastern Conference defensive coordinator to his staff – and a blast from Kelly’s own past as well.


Multiple sources with direct knowledge tell FootballScoop that Kelly has brought in John Jancek, the former University of Georgia and University of Tennessee defensive coordinator, for a key senior defensive analyst role on Matt House’s LSU Tigers’ defensive staff.

Most recently an analyst on Georgia’s national-title winning squad, Jancek has a history with Kelly that stretches to their days together at Grand Valley State – where Kelly first rose to coaching prominence and to the highest levels in NCAA Division II football. It’s also where Jancek first began to cultivate his own reputation as a keen defensive assistant.

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  • 2 months later...

Former LSU special teams coordinator Brian Polian lands new opportunity


After 25 years in the coaching profession, Brian Polian is officially taking on a new challenge.

Polian spent last season as the special teams coordinator at LSU under Brian Kelly, before transitioning into a GM role for the program more recently, and was with Kelly in South Bend as part of the Fighting Irish staff before leaving for Baton Rouge.

Today, Polian was announced as the new director of athletics at his alma mater, John Carroll (D-III - OH).


It marks a homecoming for Polian, who played alongside one of John Carroll's most well known alumns in 10+ year NFL veteran London Fletcher. and earned second-team All Conference honors on a great Blue Streaks team in 1996.

Jeff Behrman, the current head coach of the John Carroll program, was also one of Polian's teammates in the mid-90's.

Now, Polian is set to bring his experience back to Northeast Ohio to lead John Carroll athletics into the future.

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