Randall Joyner Leaving for Ole Miss, Defensive Shake-Ups Continue

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SMU defensive line coach Randall Joyner will leave the program today after accepting a job at the University of Mississippi.

Joyner, who played at SMU from 2010-13, will move on to be the defensive line coach and running game coordinator for Ole Miss under head coach Lane Kiffin. The news was first reported by Bruce Feldman of The Athletic.

The announcement signals a continued shake-up among the SMU coaching staff on the defensive side of the ball.

Last week, SMU defensive coordinator Kevin Kane left the program to become the associate head coach at Illinois.

Joyner was among the candidates to replace Kane for that position, sources told The Daily Campus.

On Monday, Joyner’s name was widely circulated on SMU players’ Twitter accounts as well. The hashtag “Joyner for DC” became a common slogan.

“(Joyner) for DC!!!” star wide receiver Reggie Roberson Jr. tweeted on Monday. Joyner liked that Tweet before it was deleted.

However, SMU announced on Wednesday that Kane’s replacement would be former USF head coach Jim Leavitt. Joyner, less than 24 hours later, accepted the position at Ole Miss.

Joyner was hired at SMU in 2018 and spent the past three seasons with the Mustangs, two as the defensive line coach. He was responsible for a defensive line that was ranked at No. 1 in the country in sacks per game in 2019 for a handful of weeks.

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