Tigers snag DB coach from Nebraska

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Less than one week after losing Ron Cooper to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, LSU has found his successor.

A source confirmed published reports on Monday night that the Tigers will announce Nebraska secondary coach Corey Raymond as their new defensive backs coach.

Raymond oversaw a Nebraska secondary that finished 18th in passing yards allowed in 2011.

The hire comes just in time for the Tigers, who lost Cooper a week before the scheduled start of spring practice. LSU begins its spring football season Thursday.

Raymond comes to Baton Rouge after spending a season at Nebraska under Bo Pelini, the Tigers' former defensive coordinator. Returning to LSU serves as a homecoming for Raymond, who started four years at cornerback for the Tigers from 1988 to 1991.

Raymond also served as a football intern and then an assistant strength coach for LSU coach Les Miles from 2006-08.

Raymond is from New Iberia, La., and has several stops at Louisiana high schools on his coaching path. His experience also includes a one-year stint at Utah State and a two-month stay with Indiana before Pelini hired him away in 2011.