Ole Miss appears to have new offensive and defensive coordinators in place.
According to a report from Football Scoop, the Rebels are set to hire Sam Houston State’s Phil Longo as their offensive coordinator and Auburn assistant Wesley McGriff as their defensive coordinator. An official announcement is expected to come no later than Friday.
Hugh Freeze was tasked with replacing both coordinators after defensive coordinator Dave Wommack retired at the end of the regular season and Ole Miss fired offensive coordinator Dan Werner following a disappointing 5-7 season.
Longo’s Air Raid scheme at SHSU led the FCS in total offense in 2016. He likely will share responsibilities with co-offensive coordinator Matt Luke.
Longo had worked on SHSU’s staff since 2014. This season, the Bearkats were No. 1 among FCS teams in total yards (547.3/game), No. 2 in points per game (49.5) and passing yards (368.3/game) and No. 3 in first downs (336).
SHSU cruised to a 12-1 record and a Southland Conference title behind that high-flying attack. The Bearkats fell to James Madison 65-7 last week in the FCS playoff quarterfinals.
McGriff is a former Ole Miss assistant under Freeze, working as a co-defensive coordinator for the Rebels in 2012. He served as Auburn’s secondary coach in 2016 after a three-year stint with the New Orleans Saints.
The Rebels defense, which ranked among the worst in the SEC in 2016, had some success with McGriff around in 2012. According to his Auburn bio, the defense finished second in the SEC and in the top 15 in the NCAA in tackles for loss (7.7) and sacks per game (2.8) while he was on the staff.