WKU’s Crum to become Ole Miss’ co-defensive coordinator, linebacker coach


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WKU Hilltoppers defensive coordinator Maurice Crum during day 10 fall camp at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium on August 13, 2021 in Bowling Green, KY

Wyatt Sparkman, Sports Editor

WKU defensive coordinator Maurice Crum announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he is taking the co-defensive coordinator and linebacker coach position at the University of Mississippi. 

Crum spent one season as the defensive coordinator on the Hill after spending three seasons as the Hilltoppers’ linebackers coach. 

WKU’s passing defense allowed the 18th-most yards per game, 261.2 yards, in the nation last season, fourth worst in Conference USA. His run defense gave up an average of four yards per carry, middle of the pack in C-USA. 

Crum’s defense was able to overcome these stats with its ability to force turnovers and rack up sacks. His defense caused 31 turnovers, the second most in the nation, and got to the quarterback 32 times during the year, third most in C-USA. 

Crum joins offensive coordinator Zach Kittley and offensive line coach Stephen Hamby as another important member of the WKU coaching staff to leave for another program this offseason.

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