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Rebels Return to Football Staff

Former Ole Miss assistant coach Chris Rippon has returned to the Rebel program as Assistant Athletics Director for Recruiting Operations, head coach Hugh Freeze announced Thursday.

Rippon worked alongside Freeze under Ed Orgeron from 2005-07 as the Rebels’ defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator. He returns to Oxford after recent stints on the coaching staffs at Rutgers (2008), Marshall (2010-12) and Columbia (2013-14).

A 33-year veteran of the college coaching ranks, Rippon has also served on staffs at Syracuse (1993-2004), Boston University (1990-93) and Western Connecticut State (1982-90). He has been the defensive coordinator at Columbia, Marshall, Syracuse, Boston and Western Connecticut State, while he’s been special teams coordinator at Rutgers, Ole Miss and Syracuse. He was head coach at Western Connecticut State from 1987-90 and interim head coach at Columbia for the first two months of 2015.

Over the course of his career Rippon has coached 22 players that have been drafted into the National Football League, including five first-round picks.

He is a 1982 graduate of Southern Connecticut State with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He earned a master’s degree in agency counseling from Western Connecticut State in 1986.

Rippon occupies the position vacated by Corey Batoon, when he shifted to assistant coach for safeties and special teams coordinator in January.

Another recent addition to the Ole Miss staff is former offensive lineman Emmanuel McCray, who will be a graduate assistant working with the offense. McCray lettered in 2010, 2012 and 2013. He started every game at left tackle in 2012, while helping the Rebels return to postseason play with a berth in the BBVA Compass Bowl. In 2013, he started four games at left tackle and mentored then-freshman Laremy Tunsil to become a standout at the position.

Ben Aigamaua, who had been a graduate assistant with the offense, moves to an intern role. In May, he earned a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications.

Over the summer, the Rebels added former University of Georgia linebacker Christian Robinson as a graduate assistant for the defense.

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Courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics

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