Former Philadelphia Eagles linebackers coach Rick Minter is expected to be the new defensive line coach for Georgia State coach Trent Miles, according to league sources.
The move would reunite the highly regarded Minter with his son, Jesse, Georgia State’s defensive coordinator, and Miles. The elder Minter was linebackers coach at Indiana State in 2010, the third of Miles’s five seasons as that program's coach.
That same year the younger Minter was Indiana State’s defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator. The elder Minter would replace former Georgia State defensive line coach Tony Samuel, who last week accepted the same job at UNLV.
The elder Minter spent the past three seasons in his position with Philadelphia. He was not retained by new Eagles coach Doug Pederson.
Before Minter’s time in the NFL, he was Kentucky’s defensive coordinator from 2011–12 following his season at Indiana State. He was also the defensive coordinator at Marshall from 2008–09, which included leading the Thundering Herd in his final season to a win in the Little Caesars Bowl as interim coach.
The 61-year-old Minter was also been defensive coordinator at Notre Dame (2005–07) and at South Carolina (2004). That was after he was the coach at Cincinnati from 1994–03.
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He led the Bearcats to a 53-63-1 record that included a share of the Conference USA championship in 2002. He also took the program to four bowl games.
Minter also had another stint as Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator from 1992–93 after holding the same position at Miami (Ohio) for seven seasons. He was New Mexico State’s linebackers coach in 1984, North Carolina State’s outside linebackers coach from 1980–82 and Louisiana Tech’s defensive ends coach in 1979.
A Nash, Texas native, Minter was a graduate assistant at Arkansas in 1978 following one year in the same role at his alma mater, Henderson State, where played defensive end.
Georgia State had a remarkable 6–7 record this past season under Miles and made its first bowl appearance in school history. The Panthers are expected to be favorites to win the Sun Belt next season with 17 returning starters.