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Utah assistant likely on the move to Miss. St.

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An assistant who’s been demoted twice in less than a year could be the coach to fill out the offensive portion of Dan Mullen‘s Mississippi State staff.

While nothing is official as of yet, it’s expected that Brian Johnson will be hired by Mullen as an offensive assistant.  CoachingSearch.com was the first to confirm the hiring Friday.

It’s expected that the 27-year-old Johnson will serve as quarterbacks coach, although the title is still up in the air as well.  Johnson reportedly interviewed for the job Thursday.

Johnson, who was a college quarterback at Utah, was named the Utes’ offensive coordinator in 2012.  In February of 2013, following the hiring of Dennis Erickson, he was demoted by head coach Kyle Whittingham to co-coordinator.  10 months later and after the hiring of Dave Christensen, both Johnson and Erickson were stripped of their coordinator titles.

Johnson’s new role with the Utes would’ve been as quarterbacks coach.

To replace Johnson, CoachingSearch.com reported early Saturday afternoon that Whittingham has extended an offer to BYU wide receivers coach Guy Holliday.  The website wrote that Holliday is “considering his options” but that “[n]o decision has been made.”

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