Titans hire UCLA defensive coordinator Lou Spanos

The Tennessee Titans have hired UCLA defensive coordinator Lou Spanos as their new linebackers coach, the NFL team announced today.

Before joining the Bruins’ staff two seasons ago, Spanos had worked in the pros for 17 years, including a stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers marked by two Super Bowl wins.

New Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt was the Steelers tight ends coach, and later offensive coordinator, while Spanos was there.

“He has put together a great body of work during his career,” Whisenhunt said in a statement. “In his extended time in Pittsburgh working with Dick LeBeau, he gained a tremendous amount of experience and contributed to some of the best defensive teams in the league. As defensive coordinator at UCLA, he again showed he is a good teacher and leader and we are lucky to have him working with our linebackers.”

Added Spanos in a statement: “I enjoyed my time at UCLA and working for coach Mora and AD Dan Guerrero. We won a lot of games there and went to a PAC 12 championship game. This is a great opportunity, a chance to work with Coach Whisenhunt again. I have the utmost respect for Ken – he is a professional, he is passionate and it will be an honor to be on his staff.”

UCLA could stay in-house to fill the vacancy. Linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Jeff Ulbrich was given the assistant head coach title last year, and was nominated for the Broyles Award for the nation’s top assistant.

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  • severeraiderz

    Hate to see him go

  • Dominick King

    I am happy for him going to Titans that my team, but I very sad to see him leaving UCLA

  • 92104bruinfan

    Tough loss no doubt but sounds like Ulbrich will make the transition somewhat seamless. Best wishes to Spanos in Tennessee.

  • Joseph B. Lowe

    Wow, jumping off the ship. Going DOWN from a DC to a linebackers coach? Don’t give me the NFL stuff. This is a slap in the face to us.

    • maze949

      Another lonely, drunk weekend on the Bruin blog. Sad existence.

      • Joseph B. Lowe

        Look who’s talking.

    • Aero93

      Right on Prof. Lowe. When it comes to going down and getting slapped in the face, you are the go to expert.

    • LTEfan

      You mean, like, a defensive line coach agreeing to join a school in South Central and then changing his mind and joining a school in Tuscaloosa? That sort of slap in the face?

      • Joseph B. Lowe

        No, like leaving a National Championship team with a Heisman & Butkus award winners on it. Oh, never mind. Hahahahahaha

    • gotroy22

      And next year the head coach and the rest of the staff will follow Hundley to the NFL. Enjoy 2014, ruins!

    • jameskatt

      You keep saying “us” when there clearly is no us in your body of work.

      Come one Joe, drink more for our sakes.

      Spanos clearly is upgrading from college to professional. And the money is a whole lot more to get Spanos to move from Westwood to Tennessee. As a side note, Spanos will be working to improve Akeem Ayers’s abilities. Alterraun Verner is already doing great work at Tennessee.

      • Joseph B. Lowe

        It’s not an upgrade to go from a DC to a position coach in the NFL.

  • LTEfan

    There is some guy named Mora on the staff who was a defensive coordinator and defensive position coach for more than two decades in the NFL. He will find someone else to help him prepare the game plans and make the in-game calls. Life will go on just fine without Spanos, he was not critical to recruiting either.

  • Joseph B. Lowe

    Smart move by Mora NOT to name a DC before signing day. Sure it will turn off recruits.

  • Dominick King

    Well I’m hearing Jim Mora is promoting Jeff Ulbrich to DC coordinator, which I think is good move cause we won’t lose any recruits

  • Jonathan Taylor

    I think this would be an even better opp to bring in Coach O as the new DC… Top 3 rexuriter and he gets a top position… I know couch ulbright wouldn’t be that muchof a drop off, but it would.give us 2 – 3 of the top 5 recuriters on the team.. and he’s a great def of coach.

  • jameskatt

    Tough loss but Ulbrich should easily take up the load as well as be a better recruiter. He has earned his chance to play calls on defense.

    On another note: Miami Offensive Tackle Malcolm Bunche Transfers to UCLA. He will play his last college year at UCLA. He’s NFL ready. This means good things for us.