LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette outside linebackers coach Matt Wallerstedt was accused of distributing his former team’s defensive signals to its opponents, and it appears he’s not going to let those accusations stand.
Wallerstedt, who resigned from his post as Texas Tech’s defensive coordinator after three games this season before making his way to Lafayette, on Monday issued a strong statement through his attorney in response to the allegations.
“I have not shared with anyone the Red Raiders defensive signals,” Wallerstedt said through Gaines West, his College Station, Texas-based attorney. “I respect the players at Texas Tech and would never do such a thing. It sounds like something that’s done in the political arena — blaming someone else for what you now control.
“Coach (Kliff) Kingsbury and (interim defensive coordinator Mike) Smith would do well to simply execute their own game plan instead of trying to blame others for what may be their own shortcomings.”
The allegations surfaced in a report by the Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche-Journal after the Red Raiders’ 42-30 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday. During the game, three members of the Texas Tech staff tried to shield their signals from the Oklahoma coaching staff by holding towels over the defensive play caller.
When asked about it after the game, Kingsbury said the signals were compromised thanks to a “situation we had earlier in the year.” Smith elaborated at a Monday news conference.
“They have been passed around,” Smith said, according to the Journal. “I know other coaches have called and our signals have been passed around the whole time. All I know is karma’s a bad deal.
“I don’t want to get into what’s going on with all that, but it’s not right and, to me, it’s not fair to the kids. So if that’s how that person wants to handle business, they can handle business that way. I sure hope I don’t run into him anytime soon.”
In addition to Wallerstedt’s statement, West added that his client “would not stand idly by and allow such unfounded attacks to continue.”
Wallerstedt joined the Cajuns as a defensive consultant Oct. 8, roughly three weeks after his resignation at Texas Tech. He has since been promoted to outside linebackers coach after the Nov. 4 resignation of David Saunders.
Since Wallerstedt’s arrival, the Cajuns have won five straight games and have held opponents to 20.4 points per game, an improvement of nearly 15 points per game.