Huff to remain with Bulldogs despite interest from Zips

Charles Huff

Staff Writer

Mississippi State assistant head coach and run game coordinator Charles Huff will remain with MSU despite recently getting consideration for the head coaching position at Akron.

The Starkville Daily News learned Wednesday that Huff was contacted by Akron, but a source noted that Huff determined his situation in Starkville was better and he’d be sticking with the Bulldogs.

It’s unclear if Akron ever actually offered Huff the job. Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reported earlier on Wednesday that Huff had interviewed for the Akron opening.

Huff remaining with MSU is likely a big benefit for the Bulldogs. He has the reputation for being an elite recruiter and coach with a resume that includes 14 years of coaching experience.

Huff followed head coach Joe Moorhead to Starkville prior to the 2018 season after the duo worked together to build Penn State into an offensive juggernaut. At Penn State, Huff recruited and developed running back Saquon Barkley, who was chosen second overall by the New York Giants in this past year’s National Football League Draft.

Akron has been looking for a head coach since last week. The Zips fired previous head man Terry Bowden on the heels of a 4-8 season in 2018. Bowden went 35-52 in seven seasons at Akron.
However it apparently won’t be Huff that follows Bowden.

Interestingly though, there’s another Akron connection on the Mississippi State staff that could bear watching. MSU offensive coordinator Luke Getsy is a former Akron quarterback that led the Zips to a 2005 MAC championship. Getsy set 24 school records during his two years as a starting signal caller at Akron.

Early reports from ESPN and other outlets after Bowden’s firing at Akron speculated that the Zips could have interest in Getsy, though no contact between the two parties has been confirmed.