OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin continues to find excellent replacements for coaches who have left Oxford. He wasted no time in cementing another top rookie with reports that the Rebels head coach has hired Purdue’s Marty Biagi as the Rebels’ new special teams coordinator.
Sources: Marty Biagi headed to Lane Kiffin’s Ole Miss staff https://t.co/7r4mty2kAd via @JohnDBrice1
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Biagi replaces Jeremy Springer who left last week to take up a position with the Los Angeles Rams.
Biagi, who has a reputation as one of the best special teams coordinators in the country, has spent the past two seasons with the Boilermakers as special teams coordinator and linebacker coach.
He is known for developing some of the best talent in the country. Prior to Purdue, Biagi spent three seasons in North Texas coaching 10 players from all conferences for the Mean Green.
Under Biagi, UNT special teams scored six touchdowns, blocked nine punts and four kicks. His unit finished in the Top 20 in blocked kicks in the three seasons he was at Denton. While there, he helped raise their rushing average of 19.0 yards in 2007, which ranked them 106th in the nation at 23.7 yards (22nd in 2018) and 23.3 (25th in 2019). .
The Kentucky native made several other stops, including South Bend where he was a special teams analyst for the Fighting Irish in 2016. At South Dakota, he was a corners coach.
Biagi is no stranger to the SEC. In fact, he made his coaching debut as a graduate assistant at Arkansas and then as a defensive co-coordinator at Arkansas Pine Bluff in 2011.
Biagi also has ties to Marshall, as he was a kicker and punter for the Thundering Herd.
There is no doubt that Biagi will continue to make an impact when he arrives at Oxford. Welcome to ‘Sip, Coach Biagi!
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Lee Ann is the recruiting director for The Rebel Walk. She is a veteran SEC sports reporter and NFL content writer. She is also editor-in-chief of MESPORTS digital. Herring-Olvedo is a Brown University grad who loves good cigars, good games, and a good glass of bourbon — not necessarily in that order.