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Report: Ole Miss lands its next offensive coordinator

Phil Longo has been the Sam Houston State offensive coordinator since 2014. Other stops in Longo’s career as a college football assistant include Slippery Rock, Youngstown State and Southern Illinois.
Phil Longo has been the Sam Houston State offensive coordinator since 2014. Other stops in Longo’s career as a college football assistant include Slippery Rock, Youngstown State and Southern Illinois.

Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman tweeted Thursday that Ole Miss will hire Sam Houston State offensive coordinator Phil Longo to run its offense.

Longo is perceived as an up-and-coming college football coach who has been the point man on Sam Houston State’s up-tempo high-scoring offense.

Longo will replace longtime Rebels offensive coordinator Dan Werner, who was let go Dec. 8.

In October, Feldman wrote a story calling Longo “the coach behind college football’s most prolific offense.”

It’s easy to see why when looking at the Bearkats’ performance. Sam Houston State led the FCS in offense this year, averaging 547.3 yards per game. They also averaged 7.17 yards per play and 49.5 points per game — second to James Madison by just .1 point per contest.

Feldman also announced that longtime Ole Miss defensive line coach Chris Kiffin is joining his brother, Lane, as Florida Atlantic’s defensive coordinator.

Ole Miss is still without a defensive coordinator after Dave Wommack announced before the Egg Bowl that he was retiring. A decision with his replacement is expected to be made shortly.

FootballScoop.com reported former Ole Miss and New Orleans Saints defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff is expected to take Wommack’s position. McGriff is on Auburn’s staff.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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