Louisiana co-offensive coordinator Michael Desormeaux has interviewed with athletic director Bryan Maggard to be the new the Ragin’ Cajuns football coach, a source told The Daily Advertiser on Thursday.
The source requested anonymity because details about the coaching search are not being made public.
Napier will coach UL (11-1) when it faces Appalachian State (10-2) on Saturday (2:30 p.m. CT, ESPN) in the Sun Belt Conference Championship game at Cajun Field.
Desormeaux, 36, a former Cajuns quarterback, has no college head coaching experience.
But he’s worked as an assistant under two UL coaches.
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Desormeaux was running backs coach in 2016 and tight ends coach in 2017 under Mark Hudspeth, who was fired after seven years following the 2017 season.
Desormeaux was named interim head coach after Hudspeth was let go and before Maggard named Napier coach.
Napier retained Desormeaux as tight ends coach, then promoted him to co-offensive coordinator along with receivers coach Tim Leger when offensive coordinator Rob Sale left after the 2020 season to coach the New York Giants offensive line.
Sale also is a possible candidate to replace Napier, along with Alabama defensive coordinator Pete Golding, Michigan State and former UL offensive coordinator Jay Johnson, Baylor and former UL defensive coordinator Ron Roberts, UL defensive coordinator Patrick Toney and Dallas Cowboys quarterback coach Doug Nussmeier.
It’s not known which, if any, of the others have interviewed for the job, but ESPN reported Thursday that Golding is “a very strong candidate,” Roberts “also is being considered” and Desormeaux is “an internal candidate to watch.”
Desormeaux, however, also is a candidate to go with Napier to Florida, and is running backs coach Jabbar Juluke and perhaps Toney.
A New Iberia native, Desormeaux played for the Cajuns from 2004-08 and was named Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2008. In 2009, he briefly spent time on the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad as a defensive back.
Desormeaux hasn’t coached at any other college and his only head coaching experience came at Lafayette’s Ascension Episcopal School from 2013-15.
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