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Wolf Pack looking for new defensive coordinator once again

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The revolving door that is the Nevada Wolf Pack's defensive coordinator position is spinning once again.

Scottie Hazelton, who was hired to become the Wolf Pack defensive coordinator just 13 months ago, is leaving the school to coach linebackers for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League.

"Scottie Hazelton has decided to leave the Nevada football program in order to pursue an opportunity with the Jacksonville Jaguars," Wolf Pack coach Brian Polian said in a press release. "We appreciate all of the work that he has done here over the last year and we wish both him and his family nothing but the best moving forward. The search for a new defensive coordinator has already begun and we will have the right person in place shortly."

The Wolf Pack will be looking for its eighth defensive coordinator in the past 10 seasons. Barry Sacks and Tim DeRuyter shared the job in 2005 and 2006. Ken Wilson took over in 2007 and gave way to Nigel Burton in 2008 and 2009. Andy Buh was the coordinator in 2010 and 2011 followed by Mike Bradeson in 2011 and Hazelton in 2012.

Hazelton joins the staff of head coach Gus Bradley in Jacksonville. Bradley was an assistant coach with Hazelton at North Dakota State, Bradley also was a coach at Fort Lewis College in 1992-94 when Hazelton was a linebacker for the school.

Hazelton who turned 40-years-old in December, came to the Wolf Pack from the USC Trojans where he coached linebackers for one season. The Jaguars' position will be his fourth job in four years after leaving North Dakota State in 2011 to go to USC (2012) and Nevada (2013)

The Wolf Pack defense regressed in almost all important areas under Hazelton in 2013. The Wolf Pack allowed 34.4 points a game, 258.5 rushing yards, 246.8 passing yards and 505.3 total yards. The year before under Bradeson the Pack allowed 33.8 points, 211.8 rushing yards, 230.6 passing yards and 442.4 total yards.

Bradeson remains on the Wolf Pack staff as a defensive backs coach.

Hazelton is the fourth coach to leave Polian's staff in just the past 12 months after Ken Wilson, Jeff Genyk and James Spady.

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