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Ole Miss adds Devin Bush Sr. as recruiting director, Monte Kiffin as analyst


Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin has added a few more pieces to his new football program in Oxford. Among the newest additions is former Michigan staff member Devin Bush Sr., who will be the new recruiting director for the Rebels. A team of analysts have also been made official, including Lane’s dad, Monte Kiffin, as a player personnel analyst.

Bush comes to Ole Miss after four years in Ann Arbor as a defensive analyst for Jim Harbaugh. Bush Sr. was a head coach in the state of Florida before Harbaugh brought him to Ann Arbor. Not so coincidentally, Bush Sr. coached his son, Devin Bush Jr., who committed to Michigan instead of his father’s alma mater of Florida State. Mere months after Bush Jr. committed to the Wolverines, Bush Sr. joined his son as a part of the Michigan family. Bush Jr. went on to be the No. 10 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Adding Bush Sr. as a recruiting director is a wise move for Kiffin and the Rebels. Having a recruiting director with NFL experience and high school coaching experience in the state of Florida should make for a strong asset to the program trying to build something in the competitive SEC. Kiffin’s own swag should help as well.

Ole Miss also named John Miller an associate athletics director of football operations. Miller is rejoining the program after briefly leaving the program last spring.

Ole Miss also officially named a handful of analysts to the program, with the highlight being the legendary NFL defensive mind of Monte Kiffin. The elder Kiffin is no stranger to working with Lane, and having him as a defensive analyst is a trusted resource for Lane Kiffin. Kiffin was a part of his son’s football staff at FAU as a defensive assistant. He also was with his son at Tennessee in 2009 as a defensive coordinator and USC from 2010 through 2012 as an assistant head coach. Other analysts named by Ole Miss include Joe Hastings, Davis Merritt, DP Eyman, Alex Garwig, Doug Goodwin, Phil Loadholt, and Michael Nysewander.

Report: Michigan adds FL high school coach Devin Bush Sr. as defensive analyst

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It is no secret in college football that having strong recruiting connections in the south can lead to solid recruiting efforts. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has been extending Michigan’s recruiting reach every way he possibly can, and his newest addition to the football staff should strengthen that foundation.

Michigan has reportedly hired Devin Bush Sr. as a defensive analyst. Ryan Bartow of 247 Sports was the first to report the news, although it has been suspected Michigan would be hiring Bush Sr. in some capacity. If that name sounds familiar to you, that is because Bush Sr. previously played college football at Florida State, where he was a part of three ACC championship teams under Bobby Bowden and earning all-ACC honors in 1993 and 1994. He went on to be a first-round draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 1995 and spent the eight seasons in the NFL between Atlanta, St. Louis and Cleveland. He won a Super Bowl with the Rams.

The Miami native returned to his Florida roots and began coaching in 2013 at Charles W. Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida. This past season, Bush coached his team to its first state championship at the state’s highest level of high school football competition. His son, Devin Bush Jr., a four-star linebacker, was a star player on the team and oh by the way, is heading to Michigan in the star-loaded Class of 2016 recruited by Harbaugh and company.

As noted by The Miami Herald, it had long been suspected Bush would follow his son and land a gig as an assistant somewhere. In mid-December, Bush Sr. said he had not been approached about any opportunities. Just days later, his son was officially announced as an early enrollee for Michigan’s Class of 2016.