Hampton out, Guidry in as Tulane defensive coordinator

Mark Keplinger, Sports Editor

Chris Hampton
Tulane defensive coordinator Chris Hampton has left Tulane for Oregon. (Courtesy of Parker Waters)

The University of Oregon Ducks are hiring Tulane defensive coordinator Chris Hampton to be part of their defensive staff. Tulane is reportedly adding Marshall University Thundering Herd defensive coordinator Lance Guidry to replace Hampton.

For long stretches of the season, Tulane had one of the best defenses in the country. In his two years in New Orleans, Hampton improved the defense from giving up 34 points per game to just 22.2. Hampton and his defense shut down high profile offenses such as the Houston Cougars, the East Carolina Pirates, Cincinnati Bearcats and SMU Mustangs. The team did struggle in the first University of Central Florida game but suffocated the Knights in the rematch. However, Caleb Williams and the University of Southern California Trojans did see considerable success against the Green Wave defense in the Cotton Bowl.

Hampton is joining a Ducks team that ranked 71st in the nation in total defense. Next season, he will be asked to stop good teams in the Washington State Cougars, Texas Tech Red Raider, Colorado Buffaloes and rivals Oregon State Beavers. The Ducks are widely expected to be one of the favorites to win the Pac-12 Conference along with USC and the Utah Utes — both of whom Oregon will play next season.

Guidry was Marshall’s defensive coordinator and saw great success. The Thundering Herd ranked eighth in the nation in total defense, led the nation in third down conversion rate and led the Sun Belt conference in turnovers forced. Marshall’s highest profile win last year was a 26-21 victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

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