Rice heading to Southeast Missouri State as cornerbacks coach
January 15, 2015 — 6:40am
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
Randy Johnson has been covering college football in one form or another since the early 1990s. He was the Star Tribune’s main college football editor on the copy desk for nearly two decades before returning to reporting in August 2017 as the beat writer for Gophers football. Randy has covered a Rose Bowl (Joe Paterno’s 1994 Penn State team), and he covered a John Gutekunst-coached Gophers team that missed out on the 1990 Weed-Eater Bowl. Email Randy to talk about the Gophers.
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