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Former Gulf Coast coach joins new South Alabama football staff, report says

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College football coach Chad Huff pushes his players during their first practice of the season on Monday, August 7, 2017. Huff has reportedly joined South Alabama’s staff as a tight ends coach.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College football coach Chad Huff pushes his players during their first practice of the season on Monday, August 7, 2017. Huff has reportedly joined South Alabama’s staff as a tight ends coach. amccoy@sunherald.com file

Former Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College head football coach Chad Huff will be back on the sidelines in 2018.

According to a report from AL.com, the Hurley native is teaming back up with his MGCCC predecessor Steve Campbell at South Alabama.

After leaving Perkinston, Campbell built up Central Arkansas’ program over the last four years before being announced as USA’s new coach last Thursday.

According to the AL.com report, Campbell is bringing a number of his UCA assistants with him to Mobile. Campbell is sticking with coaches he’s familiar with, adding Huff, who was his offensive coordinator for a decade at MGCCC. Creg Stephenson reports Huff will coach the tight ends at USA. The school has not officially announced the move, but Huff has already updated his Twitter profile to reflect the move.

“We’re going to put together a staff pretty quickly,” Campbell said during Friday’s introductory press conference. “There have been a number of coaches interested in going to work here at the University of South Alabama. Mobile is an outstanding city. We’ve got outstanding facilities at South Alabama and we are renowned here academically. I’ve received calls from coaches at the Power 5s who want to come here. They want to live down here and send their children here, so this is an exciting time to put together a staff.”

After compiling a 26-14 record leading the Bulldogs, Huff, a Hurley native, was fired Oct. 31. Upon his release, several players and even coaches took to Twitter to vent about the move.

The new-look Jaguars have wasted little time hitting the recruiting trail. MGCCC offensive lineman Treyvion Shannon announced Sunday he picked up an offer from USA. He recently committed to Texas-San Antonio.

During his press conference, Campbell acknowledged that with the new early signing period, which runs Dec. 20-22, his staff will need to move fast when targeting prospects to recruit.

“It’ll be interesting to see how that plays out and how different people handle that,” Campbell said. “I know we’ve got some outstanding players committed and we need to get out there and hold onto those guys. We’re going to be evaluating our roster and see what holes we need to fill.”

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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