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Eddie George revealed his much-anticipated coaching staff and it is loaded with NFL and FBS experience.

Previously George, who had never been a head coach before being hired by Tennessee State, was expected to surround himself with established coaches who had either pro or collegiate experience.

George previously announced that former NFL coach Hue Jackson would serve as offensive coordinator and Brandon Fisher, son of former Titans and Rams coach Jeff Fisher, is Tennessee State’s defensive coordinator.

The other coaches rounding out the staff will feature linebackers coach Joe Bowden, who spent four seasons at Missouri Baptist as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.

Keith Burns, who played 15 years in the NFL, will led the special teams unit and be a defensive specialist.

Corey Harkey, who was a former tight end for the Rams and tight ends coach at Azusa Pacific, will be positioned in the same role for George.

Additional names added to the staff include offensive line coach Mark Hutson; defensive backs coach Richard McNutt; running backs coach Pepe Pearson; defensive line coach Clyde Simmons and wide receivers/passing game coordinator Kenan Smith.

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George said in May he has developed what he described as a 30, 60, 90-day plan where he will evaluate the program from an outsider’s perspective before making any grand declarations.

“I want to go in and listen and understand first what’s needed,” said George. “Who are the valuable people who give me information and help me navigate through this business and opportunity.

“It’s a different culture. I have to embrace and honor that and show appreciation for that.”


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