Miami Hurricanes to name Jess Simpson defensive line coach

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The Hurricanes have settled on their new defensive line coach.

Multiple sources confirmed to the Post that UM will hire Jess Simpson, a longtime Georgia prep coach who spent last year as a defensive assistant with the Atlanta Falcons.

UM had not made the hire official as of Thursday.

Simpson is a 1993 Auburn graduate who began his coaching career as a student assistant Pat Dye. He will reunite with Miami offensive line coach Stacy Searels, who played at Auburn and was a graduate assistant there while Simpson played tight end.

After one year at his alma mater, Marietta (Ga.) High, he joined Buford (Ga.) High in 1995. He was defensive coordinator and strength coach there until 2004, when he was promoted to head coach.

In 12 seasons, he was 164-12, with seven state titles. His Georgia State and Falcons bio pages called him “one of the most successful coaches in Georgia prep football history.”

Buford is about 48 miles from Athens, where Mark Richt spent 15 years as Georgia Bulldogs head coach.

Before joining the Falcons in Feb. 2017, he spent two months as Georgia State’s defensive line coach and assistant head coach. His relationship with Falcons head coach Dan Quinn lured him to Atlanta.

Miami was looking for a replacement for Craig Kuligowski, who left after two seasons to join Nick Saban’s Alabama staff.

News of Simpson’s hire was first reported by InsideTheU.com.