Utah assistant coach announces departure, linked to SEC move
Utah’s wideout coach appears to be on the move.
Chad Bumphis said goodbye to the Utah football program on Wednesday, announcing his departure on Twitter after two seasons as Kyle Whittingham’s wide receivers coach.
“Ute Nation, thank you! I can’t say enough great things about this city, the fans, and university! Thank you for welcoming me back and treating me like family,” he wrote. “Coach Whitt, Thank you! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to come join a program and see what it really takes to be a champion. Back to back conference championships, what you’ve built in SLC is really special! I’m forever grateful to say I was able to work with and learn from some of the best coaches in America!”
Utah, Thank You! ❤️🖤 pic.twitter.com/TSTs2OcleJ
— Chad Bumphis (@_CoachBump) January 4, 2023
Just minutes after his announcement, Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger reported that Mississippi State is targeting Bumphis to join the staff on the offensive side of the football. Bumphis would be returning to his alma mater, a place where he sits as the program’s second-leading receiver all-time.
Mississippi State is targeting Utah receivers coach Chad Bumphis to join its offensive staff, sources tell @SINow. Bumphis is the second all-time leading receiver in Bulldogs history.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) January 4, 2023
The Utes finished up their season on Monday at the Rose Bowl. Utah went 10-4 while claiming a second consecutive Pac-12 title. Devaughn Vele was the star of Bumphis’ room at wideout, posting 55 catches for 695 yards and five touchdowns. Money Parks added 414 yards and two scores while averaging 16 yards a catch.
According to UteZone’s Steve Bartle, Bumphis held a $275,000/year salary to coach the Utes’ wideouts.
(UPDATE: Jan. 4, 2:20 p.m. PT)
Bumphis has officially been announced as Mississippi State’s next wideout coach.
Bringing Bump HOME.
Let’s work, @_CoachBump 🤝
— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) January 4, 2023