Mississippi State has reportedly added a former head coach to its staff.
According to Steve Robertson of Scout.com, the Bulldogs have hired former South Alabama coach Joey Jones to serve as special teams coordinator. Jones was the coach at South Alabama from 2008-17.
Over his nine seasons leading the Jaguars, Jones went 52-50, which included going 18-29 in Sun Belt Conference play after the school joined the conference in 2012.
Prior to coaching at South Alabama, Jones was the head coach at Division III Birmingham-Southern for two seasons from 2006-07.
Jones resigned as the head coach at South Alabama at the end of the 2017 season, during which the Jaguars went 4-8. He led South Alabama to two bowl games during his tenure at the school — a Camellia Bowl loss in 2014 and an Arizona Bowl loss in 2014.
While this will be Jones’ first coaching job in the SEC, he has previous ties to the conference. He played wide receiver at Alabama from 1979-83. He later played one NFL season for the Atlanta Falcons in 1986.
According to Will Sammon of the Clarion Ledger, Jones’ deal was expected to be completed on Thursday.
The role of special teams coordinator opened when Scott Fountain left after just one month at Mississippi State. On National Signing Day, Fountain returned to Georgia to become its special teams coordinator. He was a special teams analyst at Georgia last season.
The Mississippi State coaching staff is back to being full, with 10 assistants under first-year coach Joe Moorhead.
Update: Mississippi State has made the hiring official.
Join us in welcoming @CoachJoeyJones to the Bulldog family as our new special teams coordinator!
— MSU Football 🏈 (@HailStateFB) February 23, 2018