Louisiana-Lafayette pool includes Pry

Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry reportedly is among the potential candidates to become the head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette.

Pry, an Altoona native and the Nittany Lions’ associate head coach, was one of five identified by SB Nation’s website “Underdog Dynasty,” which covers the Sun Belt Conference, of which ULL is a member.

National college football writer Bruce Feldman also linked Pry to the position on Wednesday.

Pry, 47, spent five seasons (2002-06) with the Ragin’ Cajuns as linebackers coach, defensive coordinator and assistant head coach before moving onto Memphis in 2007 and later joining James Franklin at Vanderbilt in 2011.

Pry has been with Franklin for the last seven seasons, including the last two as associate head coach and defensive coordinator.

The ULL job opened when Mark Hudspeth was fired after seven seasons. Hudspeth’s tenure started with four straight 9-4 seasons, but the Cajuns fell off the last three years, going 15-22, including 5-7 this past year.

Another name reportedly in the ULL mix is former Pitt offensive coordinator Matt Canada, who spent last season as LSU’s offensive coordinator.

Should Pry wind up at ULL, Franklin would be breaking in two coordinators next year after offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead was named Mississippi State’s head coach last week and replaced by tight ends coach Ricky Rahne.