Mississippi State hires Jeff Lebby as new head football coach

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Sources have confirmed to Brian Hadad of SportsTalk Mississippi that Oklahoma offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby has been named as Mississippi State’s new head football coach.

“As we continue to invest in excellence at Mississippi State, the future of our football program is incredibly bright with the addition of Jeff Lebby at the helm,” Mississippi State athletic director Zac Selmon said. “I am confident that Jeff is the perfect leader for the next exciting chapter of Mississippi State football. He will bring an exciting brand of football, elite student-athlete development, and a winning culture to Starkville, all while doing so with high integrity. He is a dynamic recruiter who will attract an elite coaching staff and the nation’s top talent. There is no doubt in my mind that Jeff’s leadership, vision, and resilient work ethic will take this program to incredible heights. We could not be more excited to welcome Jeff, his wife Staley, and their children Kora and Kane to the Mississippi State family. It is a great time to be a Bulldog and only going to get better.”

“Being the head coach at Mississippi State is the opportunity of a lifetime,” Lebby said. “My family and I are fired up to engrain ourselves in this community, build relationships with our players, and hit the recruiting trail. This is a special place with special people and a football program with a storied tradition. I couldn’t be more thrilled to add our dynamic offensive scheme to an NFL powerhouse with a nationally regarded history of elite defensive play. I am truly honored and appreciative of Athletics Director Zac Selmon and President Dr. Mark Keenum for this special opportunity. I can’t wait to lead Mississippi State football into the future, while competing in college football’s premier conference. Hail State!”

Lebby takes over after Zach Arnett’s midseason firing and a 5-7 season. Lebby leaves Oklahoma following a 10-2 campaign, with his offense ranked fourth nationally in total yardage and third in scoring. Lebby was previously offensive coordinator at Ole Miss in Lane Kiffin’s first two years in Oxford, where the Rebels led the conference in rushing both seasons.

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