Not long after hiring a defensive line coach, Ole Miss is looking for one again.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said defensive line coach Tray Scott had left the school for the same position at Georgia. Scott was officially announced by Ole Miss as a member of its coaching staff on Jan. 1.
Ole Miss DL coach Tray Scott has accepted the same position at Georgia, per Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze.
— Neal McCready (@NealMcCready) February 8, 2017
— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) January 1, 2017
Unsurprisingly, Freeze isn’t too thrilled about this development.
“Tray Scott is leaving our staff for another opportunity,” Freeze said in a statement. “We want coaches that are 100 percent committed to winning championships at Ole Miss. Our student-athletes, our staff and Rebel Nation deserve that, and that is what we will bring to this great program.”
Scott was a graduate assistant at Ole Miss in 2012 and served as North Carolina’s defensive line coach in 2015 and 2016 before he arrived at Ole Miss after North Carolina’s Sun Bowl appearance vs. Stanford.
He replaces Tracy Rocker at Georgia. The Bulldogs said Tuesday that Rocker was no longer part of its coaching staff. Scott is also the second Ole Miss assistant to leave this offseason shortly after being hired. As pointed out by the Clarion-Ledger, the school hired former Oregon assistant Matt Lubick to be its wide receivers coach. But Lubick left after being offered the co-offensive coordinator job at Baylor.
While coaching moves after National Signing Day are common — teams have to make sure that recruits don’t change their mind because of a coaching change — coaches moving jobs after just weeks at a new gig are further proof that transfer restrictions on athletes are absurd. If a coach can have three jobs in two months, a school should let players transfer wherever they want.
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