By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Western Michigan Broncos head coach Tim Lester has fired defensive coordinator Tim Daoust. The move was announced one day after the team allowed 42 points to the 3-7 Ball State Cardinals.
Daoust will be replaced for the final game of the season by defensive line coach Lou Esposito. He will coach the defense in the season-finale on Tuesday, Nov. 20 against the Northern Illinois Huskies.
The Broncos lost 42-41 to the Cardinals in overtime on Tuesday night.
“I appreciate Tim and his family’s dedication to the Bronco football family these past two seasons,” WMU head coach Tim Lester said in a release. “At this time I felt we needed to go in a different direction.”
Drew Plitt went 21 of 26 for 258 yards against Daoust’s defense. He also had three touchdowns and two interceptions.
James Gilbert had 11 carries for 45 yards and two touchdowns. Plitt also had eight carries for 17 yards, while Malik Dunner had seven carries for nine yards and a touchdown.
Justin Hall had nine receptions for 117 yards. Riley Miller had five receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown. Corey Lacanaria had four receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown.
The Broncos are on a three-game losing streak and fell to 6-5 on the season after Tuesday’s game. The team has given up 152 in those three games that they lost, including a 51-24 loss in Week 9 to the Toledo Rockets and a Week 10 59-14 loss to the Ohio Bobcats.
This was also the first-time in school history that the football team allowed back-to-back MAC opponents to score 50 points.
Daoust joined the team in Lester’s first season in 2017. He came to Western Michigan after being Ball State’s defensive coordinator in 2016. He spent five seasons with the Syracuse Orange prior to that as their defensive line coach and special teams coordinator.
He also worked with Lester with the Orange and in 2006 on Bill Cubit’s coaching staff.
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