Former Southern Miss coach could be named OC Wednesday

December 27, 2011 · By · Filed Under Football, News 

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Reports are going around that the University of South Alabama will announce the hiring of Robert Matthews as it’s next offensive coordinator. This announcement could come as soon as Wednesday.

Matthews was formerly the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator for Southern Miss. He was also the recruiting coordinator under Coach Fedora in Hattisburg. In 2010, he helped the Golden Eagles offensive line which gained a school record 5,894 yards and averaged over 200 yards per game both rushing and passing.

He played three seasons at the University of Georgia from 1996-1998 while being a member of the Outback and Peach Bowl teams. He then went to Oconee County high school as tight ends and special teams coordinator in 1990, Camden County as Wide receivers and special teams coordinator in 2000, and North Gwinnett as offensive coordinator in 2001-2002.

Matthews was the head coach at Shiloh High for three seasons where he guided his team to playoff runs in Georgia’s largest classification while also leading a facility upgrade which included a new strength center, locker room and coaches offices.

After his stint in the high school ranks, he went to Oklahoma State for four seasons. In 2006 he was the coordinator of football operations then promoted to director of recruiting for the 2007-2008 seasons. Then in 2009 he joined the full-time staff as quarterbacks coach. While at OSU, the Cowboys went to three bowl games and a top-25 recruiting ranking in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

He also oversaw the walk-on program and other internal operations within the program while serving as the director of recruiting.

His addition should help to improve the Jaguar offense and recruiting with his ties in Georgia.


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