|Morgan State names new head coach|
|Published Friday, February 8, 2019|
BALTIMORE, Md. – Former Michigan State star Tyrone Wheatley has been named Morgan State’s new head football coach. Wheatley brings an extensive coaching résumé, and has experienced tremendous success, both as a player and as a coach, at the professional and collegiate levels.
Wheatley comes to the Bears after serving the last two seasons as the running backs coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Wheatley also worked at Syracuse from 2010-12, and then with the Buffalo Bills from 2013-14. As a college assistant coach, Wheatley was one of Michigan's best recruiters and ranked No. 6 nationally on 247Sports "recruiter rankings."
"Tyrone is an outstanding recruiter and understands the game of football at every level, both as a player and a coach. We are confident Tyrone can build broad support and engagement in our program while continuing to advance our football program in the classroom and on the playing field," Athletics Director Edward Scott said.
The university will host a press conference on Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. in the Student Center to officially introduce Wheatley. The press conference will also be live streamed via the university's main and athletic websites.
"I consider it a privilege to lead the young men of Morgan State using football as a vehicle to implement a continuation of development, mentorship and productivity beyond the field, and when their playing days are over. I can't wait to become united with the city of Baltimore and become woven in the fabric of the community," Wheatley said.
Wheatley finished his Michigan football playing career as the program's second-leading rusher (now fifth). He was the Big Ten's offensive player of the year in 1992, and also earned All-America honors in the 110-meter hurdles as a track athlete in 1995. He enjoyed a 10-year career in the NFL before starting his coaching career.
He was inducted into the 2012 Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.
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