Reports | Lane Kiffin adding former Alabama Assistant Joe Cox as Rebels’ Tight Ends Coach
OXFORD, Miss. — Our sources report Joe Cox will be joining Ole Miss football’s coaching staff as Rebels’ tight ends coach. Coach Cox comes to Ole Miss from Alabama where he served as tight ends coach under Nick Saban.
He will fill the vacancy left when former tight ends coach John David Baker left to take the offensive coordinator position at East Carolina.
Earlier today, Coach Cox tweeted a message with a distinctive power-blue tone.
— Joe Cox (@CoachJoeCox) January 28, 2024
Matt Zenitz first reported the news.
Ole Miss is hiring Joe Cox as tight ends coach, sources tell @247sports.
— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) January 28, 2024
Cox was hired by Nick Saban at Alabama in February, 2022, and before that coached the same position at Charlotte.
Cox is a former quarterback for Georgia who started for the Bulldogs in 2009. He coached receivers for South Carolina in 2020 after five years at Colorado State. He worked with receivers in 2019 but tight ends from 2016 through 2018.
Caden Prieskorn, the Rebels’ offensive MVP in the Peach Bowl win over Penn State, will be Cox’s top pupil as the starting tight end returns for his final season.
Cox also spent time in the high school ranks as a coach. He served as a quarterbacks coach then offensive coordinator for Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte in 2013 and 2014. The school won back-to-back state championships when he was there.
As a high school player, Cox was North Carolina’s Gatorade AP Player of the Year in 2004.
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. Evelyn created the Rebel Walk in 2013 and has served as publisher and managing editor since its inception.