Cooper comes from South Carolina: Ron Cooper, who has nine years of head coaching experience at the college level, has been hired as LSU’s secondary coach, the school announced today. Cooper comes to LSU from South Carolina where he spent the past five years, including safeties coach in 2008, secondary coach and assistant head coach in 2006-07, outside linebackers and special teams coordinator in 2005 and defensive backs coach in 2004. The Gamecocks’ pass defense ranked No. 1 this season in the SEC and No. 2 in the nation, allowing just 160 yards per game. Cooper also served as a head coach at Eastern Michigan from 1993-94, Louisville from 1995-97 and Alabama A&M from 1998-2001.
Bush will be ready for minicamp: The New Orleans Saints confirmed today that running back Reggie Bush had surgery on his left knee, and will require months of rehabilitation. Bush is expected to be ready for minicamp in June. Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis said Bush had a microfracture procedure performed on his left knee after he was placed on injured reserve in mid-December, according to The Times-Picayune. Saints Coach Sean Payton had indicated last week that Bush underwent an arthroscopic procedure performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. Loomis said the surgery was not a “major” procedure, according to the report.