Former Mississippi State defender leaving Dan Mullen's Florida program to join Mike Leach's coaching staff
Mike Leach made a wise decision to keep Tony Hughes on staff at Mississippi State when taking over the Bulldog program in Starkville and now the Pirate looks to have made another solid move to add to some MSU flavor to his current coaching staff.
According to Steve Robertson of 247Sports/GenesPage, former Mississippi State linebacker Jamar Chaney is returning to Starkville to join Leach’s coaching staff. Chaney had been on staff at Florida where he worked as the assistant director of player personnel under Dan Mullen in Gainesville.
Chaney played for Mississippi State from 2005-2009 and racked up 286 total tackles for the Bulldogs. The former Mississippi State defender also had 15.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and two interceptions during his career in Starkville.
Following his college career, Chaney was drafted by the Philadephia Eagles in the 2010 NFL Draft. He made 54 appearances during his NFL career and had 163 tackles at the professional level.
Before joining Mullen’s Florida coaching staff, Chaney served as head coach of the St. Lucie West Centennial High School program. The Fort Pierce, Fla., native played his high school football at St. Lucie West Centennial.
Of course, we couldn’t talk about Chaney without sharing his huge hit at the tail end of Mississippi State’s win in the 2007 Egg Bowl. Ironically enough, Mississippi State’s win in the game led to Ole Miss firing a guy named Ed Orgeron.
Former Mississippi State linebacker Jamar Chaney is returning to Starkville in a defensive analyst role on Mike Leach’s staff, first reported by @ScoutSteveR.
Throwback to Chaney’s big hit during State’s 2007 Egg Bowl win. pic.twitter.com/Boo4TEfhvk
— Tru Maroon Nation (@TruMaroonNation) July 15, 2020
UPDATE: Mississippi State has confirmed the hiring of Chaney to Leach’s coaching staff.