FARGO — The sports director for a Youngstown, Ohio, television station says an online report that Youngstown State head football coach Bo Pelini is a strong candidate to become the defensive coordinator at LSU is not true.

Dana Balash of WFMJ-TV said Pelini responded to his text message asking about the subject with one word: "No."

The online coaching website FootballScoop.com reported Monday that Pelini was in the mix at the reigning Division I FBS national champions. Pelini, a popular coach in North Dakota State's Missouri Valley Football Conference, is from Youngstown and has family ties to the area.

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