Melvin Rice played for Jerry Kill at Northern Illinois and joined the coaching staff there in 2010 as a graduate assistant. He came to Minnesota with the staff in 2011, working tirelessly behind the scenes for the past four years as the team's defensive quality control assistant.
Now, Rice is moving on to become the cornerbacks coach at Southeast Missouri State. Gophers defensive coach Jay Sawvel made the announcement on Twitter:
Good luck to one of my favorites @coachMRice the new Corners coach at Southeast Missouri - very proud to have coached and worked with him— Jay Sawvel (@JaySawvel) January 15, 2015