Penn State running backs coach Charles Huff literally tries to bat the football free from the clutches of sophomore RB Miles Sanders during an August practice in State College. PHOTO BY JOE HERMITT, Pennlive.com, via ASSOCIATED PRESS.
This is still a developing story, and there is no confirmation from either side or either party, but Chris Vannini of The Athletic is reporting that Penn State running backs coach/special teams coordinator Charles Huff will be joining Joe Moorhead’s staff at Mississippi State.
Per source, Penn State RB coach Charles Huff will join Joe Moorhead’s staff at Mississippi State as a co-OC. https://t.co/q42HqxzatJ
— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) November 30, 2017
That would be a good promotion for Huff, who has done an outstanding job at Penn State under the radar.
Sure, he was the running backs coach at a time when Penn State had a generational talent at running back, and judging his effect on that — though there certainly is one — would be difficult. But I’m not sure anyone ever gave him the credit he deserves for the time he put into making the special teams units better. Remember how atrocious that group was before Huff got there?
Huff was also one of Penn State’s best recruiters, and unlike Moorhead, he does have plenty of ties to the southern prep scene from his days at Vanderbilt and Tennessee State. He also played and coached at Hampton.
With Huff presumably on the way out, that will create for an especially busy offseason on the staff front for head coach James Franklin. He now — at least — will have to replace Moorhead and Huff, and on Jan. 9, all FBS teams will be able to add a 10th full-time coach to their staff. So, make it three hires — again, at least — for Franklin this offseason.