Tony Hughes announced as assistant coach at Mississippi State

Hughes returns for his second stint in Starkville, where he spent seven seasons from 2009-15 with the Bulldogs coaching safeties and as recruiting coordinator

Tony Hughes returns to Mississippi State

STARKVILLE, MS (WLBT) - Tony Hughes has been hired as an assistant football coach at Mississippi State.

“Very few coaches understand the landscape of football in the state of Mississippi better than Tony Hughes,” Moorhead said. “Tony has recruited some of the greatest players in Mississippi State history who have gone on to NFL success. He is an experienced SEC coach and has a genuine ability to connect with his players. More importantly, anyone who knows Tony, knows the type of gentleman and mentor he is. He possesses a track record of developing players into men and preparing them for life after football. We are thrilled to welcome Tony and his family back to Starkville.”

Hughes returns for his second stint in Starkville, where he spent seven seasons from 2009-15 with the Bulldogs coaching safeties and as recruiting coordinator. He also served as assistant head coach for three of those seasons beginning in the spring of 2013.

“I am extremely appreciative of Coach Moorhead for giving me the opportunity to work at Mississippi State again,” Hughes said. “Mississippi State means a lot to my family, and we are excited to be a part of a great football staff and a terrific athletic department. I can’t wait to get started.”

Hughes took the head coaching job at Jackson State in December 2015, replacing Harold Jackson. He was fired from JSU in October 2018 after losing to Southern 41-7, dropping the Tigers' season record to 3-4. Hughes was in his third season at JSU with a career record of 9-20.

Austin Peay announced Tuesday that Mississippi State’s associate head coach and tight ends coach Mark Hudspeth would be leaving MSU for the head coaching job in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Hughes is expected to be at the Outback Bowl in Tampa in January.

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