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Utah State DC Clune tabbed for same role at Oregon State

By Sean Walker | Posted - Jan. 7, 2016 at 11:07 a.m.


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LOGAN — Utah State defensive coordinator Kevin Clune will join former boss Gary Andersen at Oregon State as the Beavers' new top coach on defense, replacing current BYU head coach Kalani Sitake.

The Beavers will introduce Clune in a press conference Friday morning in Corvallis, Oregon.

Clune, who returned to Logan just one year ago after spending a year in Hawaii as defensive coordinator, is the second coordinator Utah State head coach Matt Wells will have to replace in the offseason. Former offensive coordinator Josh Heupel was named to the same position at Missouri, the SEC school announced in December.

Clune, whose departure was first reported by The Oregonian, was the linebackers coach when Andersen took the head coaching job at Utah State from 2009-12. After spending the 2013 season in Hawaii, he returned to Logan as defensive coordinator when former coach Todd Orlando took the same position at Houston. Clune served as Andersen's defensive coordinator for one year at Southern Utah, and as a graduate assistant at Utah in 2001-02 when Andersen was the defensive line coach.

The former Utah State linebackers coach is the fourth assistant to leave the program in the offseason. In addition to the two coordinators, defensive line coach Ikaika Malloe took the same job at Washington, and safeties coach Joe Lorig took a position at Memphis.

Andersen is also tapping an in-state coach with Utah ties to fill his vacancy at linebackers coach, replacing former assistant Ilaisa Tuiaki, who is now the defensive coordinator at BYU. Weber State secondary coach Cory Hall will be introduced in Corvallis, Oregon, as the Beavers' new linebackers coach. Hall was a graduate assistant at Oregon State in 2015 before taking his current position in Ogden.

Contributing: Jeremiah Jensen

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