SEC program hires former head coach responsible for major upset just two years ago Todd Bennett/Getty Images
STATESBORO, GA - NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Joey Jones of the South Alabama Jaguars watches as his team takes on the Georgia Southern Eagles at Paulson Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Statesboro, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Bennett/Getty Images)

The Mississippi State Bulldogs have hired Joey Jones as the program’s new special teams coordinator. This is clearly the school taking the “if you can’t beat’em, hire’em” approach.

For those not familiar with Joey Jones, he was once the head football coach of South Alabama. In 2016, he led his ragtag group of directional-school heroes to Starkville, upsetting the Bulldogs in the season-opener.

Joey Jones: Legend.

For the sake of properly giving credit:

Steve Robertson of 247Sports was the first to report that Jones has been hired by Joe Moorhead. Roberston’s information has since been confirmed by Will Sammon of the Clarion-Ledger.

In six years manning the helm at South Alabama, Jones went 29-46.

The rest of his coaching experience isn’t exactly going to blow you away, but he has been around a bit. Jones has other head coaching experience at Birmingham-Southern (a real place). Also, he did work coaching high school at Mountain Brook (Ala.) High and Dora (Ala.) High.

Since it is nearly March, most programs are filling out the ends of their staffs. Don’t expect too much more movement within any individual program’s staff, unless it is for positions with minimal impact.

Joseph has been covering college basketball for nearly a decade. He's also the co-host of the Off The Wall podcast. Marty Jannetty is better than HBK.
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