Late Saturday evening, George Stoia of Sooner Scoop reported that Oklahoma Sooners offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby had emerged as the primary candidate to be the next head coach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs. On Sunday, the hire was officially announced.
An offensive mastermind, a dynamic play caller and the engineer of some of the most feared offenses in college football.— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) November 26, 2023
Please join us in welcoming the 36th head football coach in program history, Jeff Lebby!
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Since the beginning of the Stoops Era in 1999, five offensive coordinators have been hired away as head coaches. They include Mike Leach (Texas Tech), Mark Mangino (Kansas), Chuck Long (San Diego State), Kevin Wilson (Indiana) and now Lebby. This doesn’t include Josh Heupel, who was let go and later become the head coach at Tennessee.
We’ll have more on potential replacements soon, but for now it appears that internal candidates are certainly part of the focus. Current offensive analyst and 2000 national champion Seth Littrell is a name to watch, and he could potentially be paired with one of the current position coaches in a co-coordinator role.
2024 commits are already making their feelings known, and it seems like the guys are still pretty solid with Oklahoma.