MSU's Huff takes Alabama job

Charles Huff

Staff Writer

Mississippi State’s Charles Huff is taking his services a few miles east on Highway 82.

Huff, who this past season served as MSU’s assistant head coach, running backs coach and run game coordinator, is heading to the coaching staff at Alabama. It’s unclear precisely what Huff’s role will be with the Crimson Tide, however reported Sunday that Huff would be running backs coach and possibly co-offensive coordinator as well.

Huff was considered a huge piece of Mississippi State’s staff under head coach Joe Moorhead. He has the reputation for being an elite recruiter and coach with a resume that includes 14 years of coaching experience. Huff originally followed Moorhead to Starkville prior to the 2018 season after the duo worked together to build Penn State into an offensive juggernaut. At Penn State, Huff recruited and developed running back Saquon Barkley, who was chosen second overall by the New York Giants in last year’s National Football League Draft.

Alabama wasn’t the first team to show interest in Huff this offseason. Last month, Akron gave Huff consideration for its head coaching position. The Starkville Daily News reported that Huff was indeed contacted by Akron, however Huff remained with the Bulldogs up until the Tide came calling.

Huff becomes the second MSU coach to leave the staff this offseason. Tight ends coach Mark Hudspeth left the Bulldogs to become the head coach at Austin Peay last month.

It’s possible Mississippi State could endure at least one more departure as well. ESPN reported on Friday that MSU offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Luke Getsy has interviewed with the NFL’s Green Bay Packers for a role as either their receivers coach or quarterbacks coach. Getsy, a former wide receivers coach for Green Bay, left the Packers to join the Bulldogs prior to last season, but reportedly has a good relationship with Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.