February 22, 2018 5:01:32 PM
Joe Moorhead's first Mississippi State coaching staff is complete -- again.
Moorhead already had this staff filled once when he hired Scott Fountain as his special teams coordinator, but his departure for the same position at Georgia left Moorhead searching once again. Moorhead has now filled the spot with Joey Jones, the former South Alabama head coach.
Jones is fresh off of his seven-year tenure as the head coach of the Jaguars, where he was the program's first coach and helped establish the program for its first games in school history. In Jones' time, South Alabama went from playing six games against junior college and Division III schools as an unclassified NCAA member to a member of the Sun Belt Conference and two bowl game appearances. Jones ultimately went 52-50, 18-29 Sun Belt, at South Alabama, with the highlight being a win over MSU in 2016.
Jones has experience in the Southeastern Conference: he played for Alabama from 1979 through 1983, all but one of those years for legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. This will be his first coaching job outside of the state of Alabama: he coached high schools in Alabama for 15 years before one season at Birmingham Southern College, where he left for the South Alabama job.
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