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Sources: Ole Miss planning to hire Phil Longo and Wes McGriff as new coordinators

Ole Miss is planning to hire Phil Longo as its offensive coordinator and Wes McGriff as its defensive coordinator, sources told FootballScoop Thursday.

A source tells FootballScoop that once the deals are finalized an announcement should come no later than Friday.

Longo will arrive to Oxford from Sam Houston State, where he put together one of the most potent attacks in the NCAA. The Bearkats reached the FCS Quarterfinals with an offense that led the subdivision in total offense (547.3 yards per game) while ranking second in scoring (49.5 points per game), passing offense (368.3 yards per game) and placed fourth in passing efficiency. Sam Houston State topped the 40-point barrier 11 times in its 12-1 season, broke the 50-point mark seven times and reached 60 points in three games.

Longo is a finalist for the FCS Coordinator of the Year award.

McGriff presently serves as Auburn's defensive backs coach and coached the secondary for the New Orleans Saints for three years before that. Affectionately known as "Crime Dawg," McGriff has experience at four different SEC schools, including a 1-season stint on Hugh Freeze's Ole Miss staff in 2012. An excellent recruiter and coach, Ole Miss will be McGriff's first coordinator job, though FootballScoop learned last year Vanderbilt offered to make him their defensive coordinator last year before talks broke down in the late stage due to contractual issues.

Ole Miss is looking to rebound from the first down season of the 5-year Freeze era, dipping to a 5-7 mark after winning 19 games in 2014-15. The Rebels ranked 45th nationally in scoring offense and 100th in scoring defense.

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