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Former MSU player Chris Jones reaches $85 million deal with the Chiefs

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Former Mississippi State University defensive lineman Chris Jones reached an $85 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs Tuesday.

Jones’ deal is for the next four years and will include the following, according to ESPN:

  • $37 million due at signing
  • $60 million guaranteed for injury
  • $5 million in incentives, making the value of the contract up to $85 million

Jones, who received the team’s franchise tag this year, was a big part of the Chief’s defense that helped the team win the Super Bowl earlier this year. He currently has 33 sacks, two interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

Jones played for MSU from 2013 to 2016, where he had a breakout season in his junior year. He finished the 2015-2016 season with 44 tackles and 2.5 sacks before entering the 2016 NFL Draft.

 

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Ridgeland High football and basketball teams quarantined

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The Madison County School District has ordered the Ridgeland High School football team to quarantine due to three positive COVID-19 tests.

The Titans will quarantine at home for 14 days, which means they will not play Friday. The team was scheduled to play Holmes County Central Friday for their last game of the regular season, but the game has been canceled giving the Holmes Jaguars a big district forfeit win.

The team ends the season with a 6-2 record, only losing one district game due to Friday’s forfeit to the Jaguars. They will likely head into the playoffs after the quarantine.

The Titans boy’s basketball team has also been ordered to suspend practice and quarantine and will not be able continue practice until the end of the two week period.

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Hill reportedly leaving MSU to prepare for NFL Draft

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Kylin Hill, right. (photo courtesy MSU Athletics)

Mississippi State University star running back Kylin Hill is expected to leave the Bulldogs and prepare for his future in the NFL, according to multiple reports.

Sources told AL.com that Hill will begin his preparation for the NFL Draft which will take place next year. The big move comes with the Bulldogs at 1-3 this season.

Hill finished last season with 1,350 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. If he decides to leave the team, it will be a big blow to the Bulldogs who are scheduled to play the University of Alabama Saturday.

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USM interim head coach Scotty Walden resigns

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Scotty Walden (courtesy USM Athletics)

University of Southern Mississippi interim football coach Scotty Walden is stepping down to become the head coach of Austin Peay State University in Tennessee, according to multiple reports.

Sports write Pete Thamel announced the news Tuesday on Twitter.

Walden took over the USM Golden Eagles after former head coach Jay Hopson stepped down in early September after losing the season opener to the University of South Alabama.

USM’s assistant head coach Tim Billings is expected to become the next interim head coach of the Golden Eagles who are now 1-4.

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