Coaching changes are an unavoidable fact of college football. MSU Head Coach Jeff Choate has not been shy about discussing this reality. In the past, Choate has expressed that he hopes that his program can be a launching pad for talented young coaches in their ascension up the coaching ranks. Two coaches from this season’s historic team are doing exactly that: Matt Miller and DeNarius McGhee.
Matt Miller will be taking over as receivers coach at his alma mater, Boise State. Miller, a Helena native, set multiple receiving records in his time at Boise State, so a warm welcome from Broncos fans is to be expected for one of the brightest young coaches in the country. Miller spent his first two and a half seasons as the receivers coach before taking over as offensive coordinator midway through the 2018-19 season. Since taking over, Miller utilized multiple quarterbacks, various pre-snap motions, while ensuring several excellent athletes received touches, resulting in one of the top rushing attacks in the country, and a trip to the FCS playoff semifinals in 2019. Miller has quickly proven himself capable of big things, and his attention to detail and methodical approach to the game will allow him to quickly launch himself up the coaching ladder.
DeNarius McGhee will be taking on a role with the Houston Texans. Previously, he was a part of the NFL’s Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship with the Kansas City Chiefs, which possibly catapulted him into this opportunity. The Texas native had an illustrious career at MSU, including three straight Big Sky Conference Championships from 2010-12 and Big Sky Conference MVP in 2010 and 2012. The Bobcat legend holds the MSU school record in career yards (11,203) and career touchdowns (79). McGhee started his time at MSU as the quarterbacks coach in 2017 before leading the running backs for the past two seasons. Choate released a statement saying, “DeNarius did very good work in a number of roles on our staff. He brought energy and a tireless work ethic every day, and his personality and passion are infectious. This is an exciting opportunity, and I wish him the best.” McGhee’s talents for coaching and recruiting will be a big loss for the Cats’ coaching staff.
There has been no news regarding their replacements for this upcoming season, although Cats football will next hit the field for spring ball around March.