Croom plans to keep receivers coach too

Updated: December 10, 2003, 3:12 AM ET
Associated Press

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- New Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom has been assembling his assistants and will retain receivers coach Guy Holliday.

Amos Jones, the tight ends and special teams coach at James Madison, and Freddie Kitchens, the running backs coach at North Texas, will join the Bulldogs' staff, pending approval by the state College Board.

On Tuesday, J.B. Grimes of East Carolina was hired to be the Bulldogs' offensive line coach. Tennessee running backs coach Willie McCorvey, was hired as offensive coordinator.

The 43-year-old Jones has 23 years of football experience, including stops at JMU, Cincinnati, Tulane, Pittsburgh, Alabama and Temple.

Kitchens, 29, had been at North Texas for three seasons, and the Mean Green averaged 182 yards rushing this year. He was also an assistant at Glenville State College and a graduate assistant for LSU in 2000.

Holliday completed his first season as receivers coach at Mississippi State.

Grimes has been coaching at the college level for 25 years. He was offensive line coach and assistant head coach for John Thompson at East Carolina this year.

Croom last week became the first black coach in Southeastern Conference history. He has been juggling the task of hiring a staff and his duties as running backs coach for the Green Bay Packers.

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