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Mississippi State Tight Ends Coach Mark Hudspeth Leaving to Become Austin Peay Head Coach

Mississippi State tight ends coach Mark Hudspeth will be leaving Joe Moorhead’s staff to become head coach at Austin Peay State University, as originally reported by Steve Robertson of This marks an end to Hudspeth’s second tenure on staff, he was wide receivers coach under Dan Mullen from 2009-10, then left to become head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette, returning after resigning from that job in 2018.

Hudspeth will depart immediately, leaving a hole on the Bulldog staff as bowl preparations begin this Saturday. There has been no comment from the university regarding how that will be handled or a timeframe for naming a replacement. One candidate whose name has already surfaced is former Jackson State head coach and Bulldog assistant Tony Hughes, who served in Starkville from 2009-2015. Hughes’ familarity with the university and his reputation as a top flight recruiter will be big selling points should Moorhead choose to consider him.

We’ll have more about this on SportsTalk Mississippi and the Thunder & Lightning Podcast as news develops.

Photo courtesy of Mississippi State Athletics

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