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Rebels hire Tyrone Nix as new LB coach

The Ole Miss football program has a new assistant coach on staff. 

After linebacker coach Jon Sumrall left for a job with his alma mater, Kentucky, the Rebels have hired Tyrone Nix to fill the void. Nix is no stranger to Oxford after serving as the Rebels’ defensive coordinator from 2008-2011. 

Since 2011, Nix has spent time at Middle Tennessee, Texas A&M, and he spent last season coaching safeties at Virginia Tech. Head coach Matt Luke commented on the hire and said that Nix’s ties to the state made him the perfect fit. 

“We are continuing to add invaluable experience to our staff with the addition of Coach Nix to our defense,” Luke said. “His tough-minded approach, along with his familiarity with our program and the state of Mississippi, make him a perfect fit for our program and an asset on the recruiting front.”

Nix’s ties to Mississippi extend beyond his original stint with Ole Miss. He played LB at Southern Miss from 1990-1993, and he began his coaching career as a DT coach in Hattiesburg. He would eventually work his way up to become to DC at Southern Miss before moving on to South Carolina and eventually winding up with Ole Miss. 

Tyrone now joins his brother on the Ole Miss staff; RB coach Derrick Nix. 

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