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Thursday, February 11, 2010
Middle Tennessee hires defensive coordinator

By Graham Watson

Middle Tennessee has hired Wisconsin assistant coach Randall McCray as its new defensive coordinator.

McCray has spent the past four seasons coaching different defensive position groups including defensive line, outside linebackers and safeties for the Badgers. He also spent the past two seasons as the recruiting coordinator.

McCray replaces Manny Diaz, who left the Blue Raiders to become the defensive coordinator at Mississippi State.

Getting a name from a big school is a smart move for Middle Tennessee, but there have to be some red flags raised about the number of positions McCray coached during such a short time. He might have been versatile or he might have just been a great recruiter for whom they needed to find a position.

Now, Middle Tennessee can focus its efforts on finding an offensive coordinator. Tony Franklin, who was with the team for little more than a year, left for the same position at Louisiana Tech.