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Louisiana Tech parts ways with DC Scott Power

Tuesday, November 21, 2023
Louisiana Tech parts ways with DC Scott Power

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Louisiana Tech has parted ways with defensive coordinator Scott Power, team sources confirmed to the Leader Sunday evening.

The news was first reported by Brandon Marcello of 247Sports.

Power’s dismissal came a day after the Bulldogs ended their season with a 56-17 loss to Jacksonville State, allowing the Gamecocks to run up and down the field for 522 rushing yards — a new Conference USA single-game record.

“It’s just very disappointing and very embarrassing,” Tech head coach Sonny Cumbie said postgame after the Bulldogs’ loss to JSU on Saturday. “ We didn’t really come out to play on any side of the football. Jacksonville State dominated us, and we did not answer the bell.”

After coming over from Stephen F. Austin to join Cumbie’s staff in Ruston at the start of the 2022 season, Power’s defense soon ranked in the bottom half of the country in multiple categories throughout his tenure. USA (33.4 points per game). Tech had the worst rushing defense in the country in 2022 at 243 yards per game.

After two seasons of struggling on defense, Louisiana Tech has fired defensive coordinator Scott Power after ending the season giving up over 500 rushing yards against Jacksonville State

The Bulldogs also finished with nine takeaways on defense this year — 10th fewest in the country — and had the seventh fewest sacks in the FBS with 16.

In his first season at Tech, Power’s defensive unit ranked 12th nationally in defensive touchdowns (3), 20th in fumbles recovered (11), and 24th in turnovers gained (22).

Tech has gone 3-9 for the third year in a row and will now be on the search for a new defensive play caller for the 2024 season.

Through two seasons (24 games), Tech’s defense allowed 400-plus yards in 16 games and allowed 40-plus points in 10 games. This season, the Bulldogs finished with the second worst rushing defense in the country at 232.8 yards per game and the worst scoring defense in Conference