Ole Miss is reportedly set to hire Phil Longo as the team’s offensive coordinator.
The Ole Miss Rebels have found their offensive coordinator. The Rebels will make Sam Houston State’s Phil Longo the new offensive coordinator at Ole Miss.
According to Bruce Feldman, Longo led the nation’s most prolific offense in FCS football. As the offensive coordinator for the Sam Houston State Bearkats, Longo’s offense put up 547 yards per game on their way to a 12-1 season.
Longo is reportedly being brought in to help the offense in a few key areas – third down efficiency, Red Zone TD efficiency, and running the football. Under Longo, Sam Houston State’s offense boasted the nation’s best Red Zone TD scoring team (80%) and were No. 12 in third down efficiency and No. 39 in rushing yards per game.
Ole Miss finished 5-7 on the season, in part due to the injuries to starting quarterback Chad Kelly. The Rebels ranked No. 104 in Red Zone TD percentage, No. 67 in third down offense, and were No. 97 in rushing.
Ranking 17 New Head Coaching Hires
17. Jay Norvell – Nevada
Last Stop: Arizona State wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator
Head Coaching Record: 0-0
If Jay Norvell’s name sounds familiar, it is likely from his brief tenure as Texas play caller under Charlie Strong. He was given the reins in early 2015, replacing Shawn Watson, but left for Arizona State after one year in Texas. Before his stint in Austin, Norvell spent years as Co-OC and wide receivers coach at Oklahoma.
Norvell has a ton of experience, with 21 years as a position coach or coordinator at Power Five schools, and another six as an NFL assistant. The main problem: recently, it hasn’t seemed that schools are all that desparate to keep him, and in the case of Oklahoma and Texas, the offenses have improved after he’s left.