News 10 Sports has learned that Greg Stewart will not return as UL's Defensive Coordinator. Stewart's defense got gashed (526 total yards of offense) in one of the biggest games of the season against Arkansas State, and Head Coach Mark Hudspeth promptly blasted him in the postgame press conference. In that media gathering, Hudspeth talked about having to take over coaching the defense himself. Stewart's defense gave up 5,555 yards of total offense in 2012.
While, that is not likely, next season, the search for his replacement is on, as the Cajuns look to improve on two successful seasons under Hudspeth. ULL won 18 games in two season, both ending with New Orleans Bowl Championships.
Coach Hudspeth recognized Stewart's contribution in a statement released he released through the University today! “I would like to thank Greg for the contributions that he has made to help the Ragin Cajuns win 18 games including a pair of New Orleans Bowl titles over the last two years. His hard work and dedication helped make these things possible.”
A search for his successor begins immediately.
Prior to coming to Lafayette, Stewart spent 18 seasons at Jacksonville State, turning the Gamecocks into the most dominant defense in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Stewart, also spent two seasons as the defensive coordinator/inside linebackers coach at Delta State from 1998-99.
He returned to Jacksonville State in 2000 as the defensive coordinator/inside linebackers coach.