Source: Tommy West to MTSU

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Tommy West will join the MTSU staff as defensive line coach, a source has informed

West, the former head coach at the University of Memphis, did not coach in 2013. He previously served as the defensive coordinator at Southern Miss in 2012 and UAB in 2011.

West’s son, Turner, was a graduate assistant at MTSU under Rick Stockstill last season, and Stockstill was an assistant under Tommy West at Clemson from 1993-98. As head coach at Memphis from 2001-09, West went 49-61 with five bowl appearances.

The defensive staff at MTSU includes Tyrone Nix (co-defensive coordinator / linebackers), Steve Ellis (co-defensive coordinator / cornerbacks), Tommy West (defensive line) and David Bibee (safeties). That’s a lot of experience in that room.

The Blue Raiders and Tigers will meet on Sept. 20 at the Liberty Bowl. MTSU’s other nonconference opponents include Savannah State, Minnesota and BYU.

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