Dec 26, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; A Mississippi State Bulldogs helmet on the field prior to the game between the Miami Redhawks and the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Moorhead made his case for keeping his job in Starkville after the controversial ending to the Egg Bowl that saw his guys come out on top, but come early January administration decided to look for a better fit and Moorhead was let go.

The search eventually led down the road that lured Mike Leach away from Washington State and into SEC country.

As he does at every stop, Leach will coach the quarterbacks and call the plays on offense, and to fill out the rest of his roles, Leach brought a number of his Washington State staff.

For his defensive coordinator role, Leach was able to land rising star in the profession Zach Arnett. Arnett coordinated a top notch defense at San Diego State last fall before being lured to Syracuse briefly until Leach and the SEC came calling. Tight ends coach Tony Hughes was the lone holdover from the previous staff, and the staff got rounded out with the addition of former Texas assistant Jason Washington.

Salary information will be added when it becomes available.

Mike Leach Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator / QBs 4-yr – $5 million per
Mike Leach Offensive Coordinator / QBs
Eric Mele Running Backs TBA
Mason Miller Offensive Line TBA
Dave Nichol Inside Receivers TBA
Steve Spurrier Jr. Outside Receivers TBA
Zach Arnett Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers TBA
Darcel McBath Corners TBA
Jeff Phelps Defensive Line TBA
Jason Washington Safeties TBA
Tony Hughes Associate HC / Nickelbacks TBA
Matt Brock Outside Linebackers / Special Teams Coordinator TBA
Tyson Brown Head Strength Coach
Chad Traver Assistant Strength Coach
Dan Kistler Jr. Assistant Strength Coach
Alex Watkins Assistant Strength Coach
DeAndre Ward Assistant Strength Coach


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