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February 8, 2012Bill Snyder's mid-winter mini shakeup has reached its conclusion.
The Kansas State head coach has officially promoted Tom Hayes to fill the vacant defensive coordinator position created by the departure of Chris Cosh last month. GoPowercat.com confirmed Hayes' promotion through sources on Tuesday evening. K-State has not officially announced the hiring.
Hayes, a 29-year coaching veteran, will retain his title of secondary coach while taking on the added responsibilities that come with his increased role. He has held the title of defensive coordinator four other times in his career at Kansas, Oklahoma, UCLA and Stanford.
GoPowercat.com also learned through sources that the tag of linebackers coach, which was also vacated by Cosh's departure, is expected to be filled by Mike Cox, who held the same title at Washington last season. Cox was one of three assistants let go by Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian following an Alamo Bowl loss that saw his defense allow 67 points and 777 total yards to Baylor.
Prior to his arrival at Washington, where he coached for three seasons, Cox worked for the NFL's St. Louis Rams as an assistant secondary coach. He also served four seasons as linebackers coach at Michigan State, where he held the title of the recruiting coordinator for the 2006 season.
A 1989 graduate of the University of Idaho, Cox coached a pair of all-conference linebackers during his three seasons at Washington.
K-State is expected to make an official announcement on both personnel moves in the near future.
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