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Rebels defensive coordinator will retire

Ole Miss defensive coordinator Dave Wommack watches warmups before the Rebels game against Georgia Southern on Nov. 5 in Oxford.
Ole Miss defensive coordinator Dave Wommack watches warmups before the Rebels game against Georgia Southern on Nov. 5 in Oxford. AP

Longtime defensive coordinator Dave Wommack won’t be with Ole Miss next season.

Through a university release before Saturday’s Egg Bowl in Oxford, Wommack announced his plans to retire at season’s end.

“I’m grateful to God for more than 38 rewarding years as a college football coach,” Wommack said in the release. “I worked alongside remarkable men to shape the lives of my players for the better. I’ll carry with me the relationships and lessons this game has given me as I look forward to enjoying this next chapter with my family.”

Wommack has been Hugh Freeze’s only defensive coordinator during his stint as Ole Miss coach.

“I am grateful to Dave for the outstanding leadership he provided our student-athletes and the positive influence he was for our staff,” Freeze said in the release. “I learned so much from him about the coaching profession and will always appreciate his friendship.”

Wommack is a well-traveled coach, having spent time at George Tech, Arkansas, Southern Miss, UNLV, Missouri State and Bemidji State.

Wommack’s tenure at Ole Miss was filled with highs and lows. In 2014, his defense led the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 16 points per game. The team also allowed just 24 touchdowns. In 2014 and 2015, Ole Miss ranked in the top 10 nationally in tackles for loss.

This season has been a difficult one for the Ole Miss defense. Heading into the Egg Bowl, Ole Miss’ scoring defense was tied for the 94th nationally, allowing 32.1 points per game. The Rebels are also 86th in turnovers forced (15) and 102nd in total defense (451.7).

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