Mississippi Valley State is starting over again.
This time with a plan.
After four years of incremental improvement but seeing them get no closer to challenging their SWAC East rivals, Mississippi Valley decided to fire Karl Morgan at the end of the 2013 regular season.
In comes Rick Comegy, who won 55 games at Jackson State in eight years and will be expected to build a program that has not had a winning season since 2005.
The most pressing development facing the Delta Devils heading into the 2014 season will be observing the the rebuilding process under an experienced football administration.
Shortly after being hired in January, Comegy hit the recruiting trail and came away with some impressive results on National Signing Day and beyond.
He was able to lockup the likes of highly touted recruits Nathan Hale, Javon Neal, Joshua Banks and Charlie Crenshaw just to name a few.
These players will be added to a roster which returns 68 players from a season ago.
Reshaping programs is nothing new for Comegy who was able to do so at Tuskegee at the Divison II level and most recently at Jackson State.
The returns on the Comegy investment might not yield immediate results as there are still challenges that need to be overcome for one of the smallest schools in the FCS. However, Comegy preached in his introductory press conference that he was in Itta Bena to “build a program here where the team is consistently winning every year.”
Comegy’s track record would indicate that Mississippi Valley State could be that program in the not-too-distant future.