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Jeff Lebby named head coach of Mississippi State

The Bulldogs have turned to the Oklahoma OC to lead their program.

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Update: Mississippi State has officially announced Jeff Lebby as its next head football coach.

Mississippi State is set to hire Oklahoma offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby as its next head coach, per Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated. The move comes just a few weeks after the school fired Zach Arnett towards the end of his first season at the helm. ESPN’s Pete Thamel reported that Lebby’s contract will be for five years.

Lebby has been a rising name in the coaching ranks over the last few years, serving as an assistant at Baylor before having OC/QB coaching stints at UCF, Ole Miss, and his alma mater Oklahoma. As a branch of Art Briles’ veer and shoot coaching tree, his offenses have been explosive and he just architected a Sooner offense that averaged 43.2 points per game with Dillon Gabriel operating the controls at quarterback.

Lebby does come with some baggage as he is linked to Briles, who happens to be his father-in-law. He was alleged to have taken no action in the midst of Baylor’s sexual assault scandal in the mid-2010’s and openly defended Briles following his firing. He brought his father-in-law onto the sidelines of an Oklahoma game earlier in the season and later apologized for the incident. His connection to Briles and other Baylor staff members will continue to be a topic of conversation as he begins his tenure in Starkville.

Now with his first head coaching gig, he will be tasked with guiding Mississippi State into a new SEC with the arrivals of his alma mater Oklahoma and Texas next season.