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Tight ends coach Finley leaves Ole Miss to coach at alma mater, Oklahoma

Tight ends coach Finley leaves Ole Miss to coach at alma mater, Oklahoma

OXFORD, Miss. — Ole Miss tight ends coach Joe Jon Finley is leaving the Rebels to return to coach at Oklahoma, his alma mater, as reported by

The job opened up for the Sooners after Shane Beamer left the position to become the head coach of South Carolina.

Coach Finley will also be named an associate head coach for offense, and will be responsible for tight ends and H-backs as well as special teams duties.

Finley played at OU from 2004-07, moving from QB to tight end. He began his coaching career as a grad assistant for OU, then coached tight ends for Missouri, A&M and Ole MIss.

“Oklahoma’s my alma mater, it’s where I met my wife and where I started my coaching career, so obviously it’s a special place to my family,” said Finley.

Rebels’ special teams coordinator Blake Gideon left for his alma mater, the Texas Longhorns, earlier this month.

About The Author

Evelyn Van Pelt

Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn's love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship--and continued as she watched Katie receive three degrees from Ole Miss, culminating with her Pharm D. in 2012. Evelyn, a member of the FWAA, USBWA and the NCBWA, has covered Rebel sports for numerous outlets. In addition to working for The Rebel Walk, Evelyn is a sports writer for a newspaper in Texas.

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