And the fall out from Thursday night’s Egg Brawl has commenced in earnest.
In its 35-3 blowout loss to rival Mississippi State, Ole Miss allowed 420 yards of offense, including 309 yards on the ground. Less than 24 hours, the Rebels have made a significant change on that side of the ball, announcing that defensive coordinator Wesley McGriff has been relieved of his duties and will not return to Matt Luke‘s coaching staff in 2019.
“Despite the challenges his unit faced this season, we can be better on that side of the ball, and I determined new leadership is needed,” the head coach said in a statement announcing McGriff’s dismissal.
“I want to thank Wesley for his hard work and dedication to Ole Miss.”
McGriff just completed his second season in Oxford.
Ole Miss came into the final week of the regular season dead last in the SEC and 113th nationally in scoring defense, giving up an average of 36.3 points per game. They were also 123rd (out of 129 FBS teams) in total defense at 489.2 yards per game; that total, obviously, was dead last in the conference as well.