The Oklahoma Sooners crushed TCU on Saturday in OU’s final regular season game as members of the Big 12 Conference. But it was after the game where there was arguably a more interesting storyline to follow.
Offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby is reportedly a “serious candidate” for the Mississippi State job, according to On3’s Sooner Scoop. Lebby has ties to The Magnolia State, as he spent the 2020 and 2021 seasons as the Ole Miss offensive coordinator, before he took the same position at Oklahoma under Brent Venables.
After OU’s win, Lebby was asked about rumors connecting him to Mississippi State, to which he said, “To me, there’s a time and place for all that… We’re focused on the now… We’ll see about that.”
The Mississippi State job has been open for nearly two weeks. The program fired Zach Arnett after less than one season as head coach, just under a year since he took over the Bulldogs after the tragic passing of Mike Leach from a heart issue.
But it was a tough spot for Arnett, who was taking over a program in an impossible spot after the passing of Leach, and was still relatively green in the coaching ranks.
So now, all eyes are on Lebby to see whether or not he’s the fit the Bulldogs are looking for in their next head coach. While Lebby has helped Oklahoma to a 10-2 regular season, including running an offense that is ranked first in points per game and yards per game, he has drawn the ire of many Oklahoma fans throughout the season, especially after back-to-back losses to Kansas and Oklahoma State.
The Sooners are technically still in the hunt to reach the Big 12 Championship Game, but need the Oklahoma State Cowboys to lose to BYU on Saturday in Stillwater. Kick off for that game is set for 2:30 CST on ABC.